On 08/11/04 15:19, "Jadwiga Zajaczkowa / Jenne Heise"
> I got this question via email. Anyone have any ideas?
> "I am Ukrainian ... and I have been pondering this one for years. My
> grandmother used to pick a wild plant which she used in cooking ... it
> was very similar to spinach. She called it "natena", and she often
> cooked it with cornmeal and fried onions. This was long ago, and I
> never learned what this plant's english name is. Do you have any idea?
> I would be so grateful if you have any suggestions. "
Hi Jadwiga! I don't know Ukrainian, but could the plant possibly by orache?
It is very similar to spinach, and is probably available in Ukraine (I
believe it does show up in neighboring Moldavia).