Spinach- Molokhia Egyptian

Spinach- Molokhia Egyptian

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Spinach-Molokhia Egyptian 

Corchorus olitorius

Molokhia is a Middle Eastern super-green that is rich in nutrients. Egyptian spinach, jute mallow, and Jew's mallow are all names for the same plant. Corchorus olitorius is the botanical name. Use fresh in salads, sautéed as a side vegetable, or turned into soup. Cooked leaves have a mucilaginous feel, and dried leaves may be used to thicken soups or brewed as a tea. Vitamins A, C, E, K, potassium, calcium, and magnesium are abundant in the leaves, which also contain beta carotene, iron, and more than 32 vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. It's said to help with digestion and vision. Known as the "food of kings". Molokhia dates back to the time of the pharaohs, when an Egyptian king drank it in soup to recover from an illness (Yes there are hieroglyphs of this plant) Today, it is the most widely eaten vegetable in Egypt, where it is often cooked with rabbit broth, garlic and coriander and served with baked rabbits and rice. Modern Egyptians also use Molokhia to make a soup prepared since ancient times with the same spices but with lamb, beef or duck. Molokhia is consumed all over Northern Africa and around the Middle East.  In fact it's so common, that even here in the US, people from those regions still eat it. They just have to buy it as a frozen paste from Middle Eastern grocery stores.  On 3 separate occasions I had adults breakdown and start crying when they saw the plants growing at some of my community garden projects, because they hadn't seen it growing, since the last time they had been home. One lady was from Egypt, another from Israel, and a gentleman from Ethiopia.

Days to germination

 10-20 days

Days to maturity

60-80 days

Life cycle

Annual but perennial in frost free regions

Plant time

 Spring after all chances of frost has passed


12-16 inches


Full Sun

Soil temperature

75-86 degrees

Optimum soil P.H



96-120 inches 


Early winter

Our aim is to fulfill your order as quickly as possible. While most orders are processed within 7 days, we understand that sometimes it may take longer. Please note that expedited shipping options like Next Day Air or 2nd Day Air only affect the transit time once your order leaves our facility, not the preparation time.

Pickup Orders
Pickup orders are typically ready within 2-4 days. If you require it sooner, please let us know, and we will do our best to accommodate you. For bagged soil pickup orders, please refer to the details below. Once your pickup order is ready, we will contact you (usually by text) to schedule a 2-hour pickup appointment window. Pickup times are available 7 days a week, between 7 am and 9 pm. Your order will be placed under the brown tent in front of our location at 7409 N Highland Ave Tampa, FL 33604, for easy pickup.

Live Plants
For out-of-state orders, we ship on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Florida orders are shipped on Mondays or Tuesdays. If you place an out-of-state order on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, it will likely be shipped the following Tuesday or Wednesday. Florida orders placed on Sunday or Monday may be shipped the following week. We schedule shipments this way to ensure that live plants don't travel over the weekend, minimizing any potential damage.

Seed Orders
Our seed packets are prepared over the weekend. Orders consisting only of seeds are shipped on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Bulk Soil
After you place your order, we will contact you to arrange the soil delivery. Please note that our trailer or dump truck is large and heavy, with a limited turning radius. We cannot be held responsible for any damage within 1.5 ft of the edge of the driveway or the designated delivery area. If there are plants, grass, artificial turf, sprinkler heads, or any other items within 1.5 ft of the edge, they may be damaged. We are not liable for any damage unless it is due to gross driver negligence. Driveway surfaces (concrete, shell, pavers, turf, etc.) and anything within 1.5 ft of the drive may experience cracking, splitting, breaking, depressions, tracks, etc. Please be aware that large item deliveries carry inherent risks. If the driver determines that it is unsafe to dump the soil in your desired location, they will either choose a safe alternative or the soil will not be delivered, but the delivery fee will still apply.

Bagged Soil
We fill bagged soil orders every Wednesday. If your order is placed after 4 pm on Tuesday, it will be filled on the following Wednesday. Once your bags of soil are ready, we will follow the regular pickup protocol mentioned above.

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