Perpetual Spinach is not spinach, nor is it perpetual, but it does grow reliably for quite a long time in the garden!
This old heirloom (1790) is, in fact a relative of chard. You rarely see it in the shops because it ideally needs to be picked soon before eating. The leaves are shiny green with white midribs. The steamed stalks taste something like mild asparagus.
'Perpetual Spinach Leaf Beet' also known as 'Spinach Beet' Chard, responds particularly well to repeat cutting and is one of the easiest and most productive vegetables for a small space. It is bred to have minimal stem and maximum leaf production and will grow to 50cm (20in) in the first year.
Perpetual Spinach is extremely resistant to bolting, so with just one sowing you can feast on these succulent dark green leaves and white stalks the entire summer and through autumn and winter.
Use raw in salads, steamed with other greens or in place of spinach. Include in quiche or lasagne for a savory change of pace.
Excellent on dry soils where annual spinach would run to seed quickly. Hardy, and useful for autumn and winter dishes. RHS Award of Garden Merit winner.