Green Malabar Spinach

Basella alba

Its thick, semi-succulent, heart-shaped leaves have a mild flavour and mucilaginous texture and are best used as a cooked green. It is rich in Vitamins A and C, Iron and Calcium, and has antioxidant properties. Malabar spinach can be found at many Asian supermarkets and farmer’s markets.

Water: Likes water and humidity

Hardiness: Tropical, frost tender. A good plant to grow in a greenhouse, but can over Winter in a protected place with good drainage.

Habit: An edible perennial 10’+ vine

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Sandy loam soils rich in organic matter

Origin: Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and New Guinea

Green Malabar Spinach