Is a beautiful heat-loving liana with dark-green leaves,wine-red stems and pink flowers. Malabar-spinach is an excellent alternative to ordinary spinach. It easily winds itself 2-3 m up a support in a cool greenhouse or against a warm south- or southwest wall. The big meaty leaves and the young stems are used, stir-fried, quickly poached, steamed, but rarely raw. Sow the seeds indoors for planting, when the risk of frost is over and the land has warmed up. It needs support like the runner beans, and can be harvested several times during the season. It is also called Poi sag, Ceylon Spinach or Malabar Nightshade. A portion contains about 30 seeds.
|Latin name:||Basella rubra|
|Botanic family:||The Madeira Vine Family - Basellaceae|
|Days to maturity:||70|