50 Seeds per pack
(a.k.a. Basella, Ceylon Spinach, Indian Spinach, Land Kelp, Malabar Nightshade, Malabar Climbing Spinach, Poi Sag, Vine Spinach) (Basella alba) 60-70 days This lovely variety is highly decorative, easy to grow, and very nutritious. Malabar spinach is a native of Africa and Southeast Asia, and is perfect for hot climates, as it loves hot, humid weather, producing fast and luxurious growth. An excellent choice for those who want spinach in the Summer! Malabar Spinach does not bolt (go to seed prematurely), even in extreme heat. Vigorous climbing plants grow to 6-10′, producing big glossy bright-green leaves. Young leaves can be cooked and added to recipes. Great in soups, stews, stir-fry, steamed, boiled or in tofu dishes. In Japan, it is cooked in tempura or braised and topped with a sesame dressing. Do be careful not to overcook as it can become slimy. Fresh leaves make a great salad. Leaves are similar in texture and flavor to kelp or swiss chard, and some say the flavor reminds them of beets. Often used as a thickening agent in the Orient, or in place of okra in the South. Leaves can also be used to make a tea. Vines do need a trellis or an arbor to climb, makes a lovely ornamental addition to any garden! Frost sensitive.
Planting Instructions for Malabar Spinach Seeds
Heirloom / Open Pollinated Malabar Spinach is heat loving, and does not tolerate frost, doing best in hot, long season climates. Frost free season of 150 + days is best for Malabar Spinach Seed production. Can extend season by greenhouse starting, if desired. Direct sow Heirloom / Open Pollinated Malabar Spinach Seeds in full sun, covering with ½” of soil. Germination usually occurs in 10-12 days when the temperature is 80° +. Thin Malabar Spinach plants to 12-18″.