Starches from garden orach (Atriplex hortensis) and sweet quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd. "Surumi") seeds were isolated, examined for compositional characteristics, and compared with bitter quinoa (Cheno-podium quinoa Willd.) starch. Garden orach and sweet quinoa seeds were similar in fat and ash contents, while garden orach seeds contained 10% more protein. Starches were isolated from seeds following a 12-hr soak in dilute alkaline solution using a series of grinding, screening, centrifugation, and washing steps. Isolated starches viewed by scanning electron microscopy yielded angular, polygonal granules 2 m in diameter. Starches displayed typical A-type crystalline packing arrangements as determined by X-ray powder diffractometry. Apparent amylose contents for garden orach (21.2%), sweet quinoa (20.6%), and bitter quinoa (19.8%) were determined according to colorimetric procedure. Differential scanning calorimetry data indicated a higher and wider gelatinization temperature range for garden orach as compared with sweet and bitter quinoa starches. Starch pasting profiles generated using a Rapid Visco Analyser indicated a reduced peak paste viscosity for garden orach starch relative to sweet and bitter quinoa and common corn starches.