I bet they were a little old, AppleStar.
Think about another spinach relative, lambs quarters, if you are familiar with eating those. Orache is a more tender veggie, by far. Use the growing tips if the plants are more than about 6" high.
They are on their way to being over 72" high and covered with seed by this time of year! You have to give up on them at some point, much earlier. I usually have in combination with lettuce only a couple times before the orache is past its prime.
We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond. ~ Gwendolyn Brooks