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Atriplex hortensis L. as a leafy vegetable, and as a leaf protein concentrate plant


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).

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Key words

  • leafy vegetable
  • forage
  • leaf protein concentrate
  • anti-nutritive secondary substances
  • in vivo test