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Good King Henry (chenopodium bonus-henricus)

A green-leafed perennial vegetable, belonging to the chenopodiaceae family (so related to spinach and beet) which was popular with the Romans, and used by them as we would use spinach. The young shoots can also be blanched and eaten like asparagus.

It's thought its name comes from Henry 1V of Navarre, the "good" distinguishing it from "Bad Henry" (merurialis perennis) - which is poisonous.

It"s easy to grow from seed in Britain, and will tolerate any soil - a well-drained, sunny position giving a better crop; but doesn't stay fresh for very long after cooking, so has fallen out of favour. See also "Good King Henry, Culinary uses"; "Good King Henry, Medicinal uses"; "Quinoa (chenopodium quinoa)"

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