Spinach- Malabar Large Leaf Green Stem
Spinach- Malabar Large Leaf Green Stem

Spinach- Malabar Large Leaf Green Stem

Brand: Whitwam Organics
Item Number: 3208-01

Regular price $3.75 On Sale

Estimated Arrival: Between Aug 01 and Aug 06. * ETA for USA only

Spinach- Malabar Large Leaf Green Stem  

Basella alba

Basella alba, or Malabar Spinach, is a robust climbing Asian vine that thrives in heat and humidity. The smooth, dense leaves resemble spinach, but have a light Swiss chard flavor. New leaves are nutritious and can be used in salads or stir-fries. Unlike other Malabar that has thin winding vines, this one has thicker vines that don't really wrap and climb on their own.  We like to pinch off the vine tips at about 6- 8 inches, and cook them like asparagus. The plant will split off 2-3 vines everytime you cut it. The large leaves can get as big as dinner plates. They begin to "go to seed" as the days get shorter in the fall. The seeds can stain things purple, and are used as a dye in some places

Days to germination

 10-21 days

Days to maturity

50-60 days

Life cycle

Annual but perennial in frost free regions

Plant time

 Mid Spring to Late Summer

Spacing

17-18 inches

Sun

Full Sun

Soil temperature

65-75 degrees ideal

Optimum soil P.H

6.5-6.8

Height

96-120 inches 

Harvest

Year-round without frost

Spinach- Malabar Large Leaf Green Stem  

Basella alba

Basella alba, or Malabar Spinach, is a robust climbing Asian vine that thrives in heat and humidity. The smooth, dense leaves resemble spinach, but have a light Swiss chard flavor. New leaves are nutritious and can be used in salads or stir-fries. Unlike other Malabar that has thin winding vines, this one has thicker vines that don't really wrap and climb on their own.  We like to pinch off the vine tips at about 6- 8 inches, and cook them like asparagus. The plant will split off 2-3 vines everytime you cut it. The large leaves can get as big as dinner plates. They begin to "go to seed" as the days get shorter in the fall. The seeds can stain things purple, and are used as a dye in some places

Days to germination

 10-21 days

Days to maturity

50-60 days

Life cycle

Annual but perennial in frost free regions

Plant time

 Mid Spring to Late Summer

Spacing

17-18 inches

Sun

Full Sun

Soil temperature

65-75 degrees ideal

Optimum soil P.H

6.5-6.8

Height

96-120 inches 

Harvest

Year-round without frost