Malabar Spinach (Basella rubra)


Malabar spinach red leaves can be cooked or eaten fresh like spinach, which it matches for flavour and is rich in vitamins, with contrasting purple/red stems making it highly ornamental. The plants have a vigorous habit, so will trail or climb up trellis.

English common name: Malabar Spinach

Typical leaf size: 5 x 3cm (length x width)

Maturity: Early

Best period to harvest: baby and full leaf size.

Production: patio containers and open field.

Culinary use: eat leaves as an unusual alternative in salads. Can also be used in stir-fries or added to soups and curries.