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Malabar Spinach

Nightshade, Red vine spinach

Basellaceae Basella rubra L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

malabar spinach This is a plant sparingly grown in the U.S. as a pot herb, but more important in the tropics. As a vegetable in the North it may be started under glass, set in the field after the soil warms, and provides a pot herb to follow spinach. Leaves are succulent and of various shapes. Culture and leaf exposure are comparable to those of spinach, but growth is slower. The poisonous "Nightshades" are in the family Solanaceae.Season, seeding to harvest: 60 to 80 days.

Production in the U.S.: No data. Insignificant.

Use: As pot herb.

Part of plant consumed: Leaves.

Last update Dec 15, 1997