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Malabar Spinach...Tropical Spinach

EErika May 11, 2010 07:34 AM

I just started 2 bushes of Malabar Spinach. I only heard about them recently so I've decided to give them a chance. Its a viney plant and they have not wasted any time growing. I put a tomato cage over them and after 2 weeks they are already up to the top. I've been snipping off the top 6 inches of the vine to try and get it to be more bushy. The young leaves are delicious but I have not yet actually eaten it as a meal. As the leaves get bigger they get a little more spongy almost like 2 leaves with a little filling in between.....I'd be curious if anyone else has cultivated them for a source of spinch like vegetable. My google results say they are quite nutritious.

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    celeryroot May 11, 2010 09:17 AM

    I just got some seeds and was going to give it a try. Like to hear your experience.

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    1. re: celeryroot
      EErika May 12, 2010 06:48 PM

      My first update would be that you certainly wont go hungry for greens...these things are growing like weeds. I bought 2 small plants at a local nursery, they must have been about 3 inches high to start. I was advised to grow them on a trellis but I don't really have a lot of garden space.

      1. re: EErika
        celeryroot May 13, 2010 07:13 AM

        A trellis ohhhh Maybe Ill cut as baby greens Maybe I should have read more before I bought seeds, I read it can grow to 14 feet.

    2. alkapal May 17, 2010 08:56 AM

      ask on the home cooking board about recipes for cooking malabar spinach, and then ask about the plant. i'll bet lucky fatima would know.....

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