25 Seeds

Basella Alba

Malabar Green (Ceylon) Spinach

Also known as Ceylon Spinach, this vigorous climbing vine thrives in warm conditions when true spinach can often struggle. Growing as a perennial in warmer climates or an annual in cooler, plant in full sun or part shade in moist well fertilised soil.

The large thick leaves have a slight lemon and pepper flavour and can be used fresh or cooked as you would true spinach.

Germination can take up to 3 weeks however to speed things along, lightly scratch with a knife or sandpaper and soak seeds for 24 hours before planting. For best results grow on trellis or similar.

 

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$3.60

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Planting Guide

Seeds per packet

25

Sow

Direct or Punnets

Depth

1cm

Plant Spacing

40cm

Row Spacing

40cm

Position

Full or Part Sun

Height

180cm+

Harvest

60-70 Days

Cool Climate

Oct-Jan

Temperate Climate

Sep-Jan

Hot/Arid Climate

Sep-Jan

Tropical Climate

All Year

Health & Culinary

While technically not spinach, when cooked the larger older leaves taste very similar. Used fresh in a mixed salad young leaves add a slight pepper and lemon flavour. Often sauteed with chilli, onion and herbs as a tasty side dish.

A wonderful vegetable full of iron and vitamins A&C