For Vegan and Vegetarians! “Forgotten” Vegetables 22: Epinard-Fraise/Strawberry Blite

Organic agriculture and biodiversity have in recent years brought about a rediscovery of many “forgotten” vegetables that people especially in Europe and France conscientiously tried to forget as they reminded them of the privations suffered during WWII. The same people had then to make do with untraditional vegetables because potatoes, carrots and so on were confiscated by occupying forces or their own armies.
With sustainibility and bioagriculture made more important by the deficiencies of modern mass agriculture, those “forgotten” vegetables have suddenly come to the fore for the pleasure of all, and that of course of vegetarians and vegans!

This particular series of postings will introduce these vegetables one by one. I hope they will become useful for a long time to come to all my vegan and vegetarian friends!
1) Scorsonere/Oyster Plant
3) Vitelotte
4) Rutabaga
5) Cardon
6) Panais/Parsnips
7) Patisson
8) Topinambour
9) Crosne
10) Cerfeuil Tubereux
11) Poiree
12) Oca
13) Ulluque/Ulluco
14) Tigernuts
15) Capucine tubereuse-Maschua
16) Chataigne de Terre-Great Pignut
17) Yacon

18) Balsamite/Costmary
19) Sikkim Cucumber
20) Tree Spinach
21) Chayote

Strawberry Blite (Chenopodium capitatum, Blitum capitatum), or Epinard-Fraise in French (Spinach Strawberry) is an edible annual plant, also known as Blite Goosefoot, Strawberry Goosefoot, Strawberry Spinach, Indian Paint, and Indian Ink.

It is native to most of North America throughout the United States and Canada, including northern areas.
It is also found in parts of Europe and New Zealand.
Strawberry Blite is found in moist mountain valleys.
Some farmers and hobbyists are growing them in France.

Flowers are small, pulpy, bright red and edible, resembling strawberries. The juice from the flowers was also used as a red dye by natives.
The fruits contain small, black, lens-shaped seeds that are 0.7-1.2 mm long.
The Plant is small (30 cm=1 foot) and leaves are small too, but can be eaten like spinach. The harvest lasts all Autumn.
Probably best with the fruit added to salads!
Can also be adapted as sauce or coulis.

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12 thoughts on “For Vegan and Vegetarians! “Forgotten” Vegetables 22: Epinard-Fraise/Strawberry Blite”

  1. Hi, I was wondering if there have been more “forgotton vegetables” posts. This is the latest one I could find, but there is not a link to a complete list (if there have been more since this one) and I would love to know if this was not the last one on the list.

    I’m going to try growing Stawberry Spinach this year, and I hope it is an interesting cullinary experiment!

    Thank you!


  2. Love it! I recently wrote an article for a local magazine on purslane which has fallen out of use in my country. Chayote, called christophene is used a lot.


  3. Wow. I’ve never heard of anything on that list except for rutabaga, and wouldn’t know what to do with it. Oh, and I’ve heard of parsnips, but not panais. Also a mystery vegetable.

    So, what can you do with strawberry blite? Can them? Preserves? Pie?


    1. Actually panais and pasrnips are the same, but they are rare in many European countries.
      You could preserve strawbeery blite like all small fruit, especially a s jams. I’m pies would do well for them too!


  4. salut Robert-gilles
    C’est vrai ces legumes oubliés reviennent sur les étals et c’est tant mieux topinambours et panais ont la cote et moi je les adore !! à bientot Pierre


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