The quality ofAtriplex hortensis L. (Mountain Spinach) as a leafy vegetable, forage crop, and plant for production of leaf protein/nutrient concentrate was investigated. The plant can substitute or supplementSpinacia oleracea L. as a leafy vegetable, due to similar chemical composition and a higher leaf yield. The whole plant, as a meal, is similar toMedicago sativa L. in chemical composition. It could be suitable for cultivation in dry areas. By wet-fractionation of the plant a leaf protein concentrate can be obtained. The concentrate is well composed, and should lack anti-nutritive substances present in the whole plant.
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Carlsson, R., Clarke, E.M.W. Atriplex hortensis L. as a leafy vegetable, and as a leaf protein concentrate plant. Plant Food Hum Nutr 33, 127–133 (1983). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01091298
- leafy vegetable
- leaf protein concentrate
- anti-nutritive secondary substances
- in vivo test