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Growing Malabar Spinach — A Summer Green That Loves the Heat

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Malabar spinach is an easy-to-grow alternative to regular spinach. It grows like a perennial vine, and thrives in the summer heat when most other greens tend to turn bitter and dry
  • Trained on a trellis, with frequent pruning, you can turn it into a decorative edible hedge you can continuously harvest through the summer and fall, until it starts to bloom
  • You can use Malabar spinach in the same way you use regular spinach — raw in salads, lightly steamed or cooked, or used in stews, soups and stir-fries

By Dr. Mercola

Malabar spinach 1, is an interesting alternative to regular spinach. It grows like a perennial jungle vine, and thrives in the summer heat when most other greens tend to turn bitter and dry, easily reaching heights of 10 to 35 feet in a season. Trained on a trellis, with frequent pruning, you can turn it into a decorative edible hedge. Also known under the names Indian, creeping, Asian, Vietnamese, Surinam, Ceylonese and Chinese spinach, Malabar spinach comes in two varieties:


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