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Red Malabar Spinach (50 seeds) (SP107) $2.50
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Red Malabar Spinach

         
 
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70 days. This beautiful plant is not a true spinach but a different species (basella rubra). This heat-loving Asian vine has lovely red stems and delicious, succulent leaves that are great in salads and stir-fries. A delicious green that can be grown as an annual in many areas or as a perennial in sub-tropical areas.

 
Red Malabar Spinach
Overall Rating:
         
4.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 19
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 3.0

94.7% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Mrs. Kristi
Location:
Newton, AL
Date:
December 20, 2013
          2.0
 
Beautiful but Slimy
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.5
 

What are the pros? Beautiful, Prolific Vines

What are the cons? The taste and texture

Review:

I have a friend in Ocala, Florida who raved about this plant and gave me seedlings. I planted it along the fence line of my veggie garden and watched it take off! It is super easy to grow. I harvested the leaves a couple of months later and tasted them raw, to my disappointment, the leaves were VERY slimy (almost a boiled okra texture) and tasted like dirt - not much like spinach. Am I doing something wrong? The bugs in Southeast Alabama did not bother them. And the vine was so BEAUTIFUL that I left it growing along the fence. I harvested the leaves occasionally and fed them to my chickens. In the late summer/early fall the plant dropped tons of black seeds which I am hoping will germinate along the fence line in the spring. If someone will tell me a good recipe, I will try and eat it again! : ) It is too pretty to give up on totally!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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By Mrs. Kristi 20 Dec 2013

4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
sreece
Location:
Bailey, TX
Date:
December 2, 2013
          5.0
 
Great Summer Spinach
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Beautiful, prolific and tasty

What are the cons? None

Review:

I started growing these last year and had a customer drive 45 minutes one way to buy it from me every single week. I didn't have enough of it to meet the demand. Much to my delight, it reseeded itself from the hundreds of little seeds I didn't collect that fell to the ground. I had to thin, thin, thin that end of my garden bed. And this year I had so much spinach! Customers either love it or hate it but I had many who loved it and came to the market just to get my spinach and/or my grandson's carrots. We found it to be a very nutritious and tasty substitute for real spinach during the hot Texas summers. Just be careful where you plant it because it can get away from you and become a "weed."

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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By sreece 2 Dec 2013

4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Solarmic
Location:
Broken Arrow, OK
Date:
November 25, 2013
          5.0
 
Outstanding
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Very easy

What are the cons? None

Review:

If you like spinach you'll love malabar. Easy to start from seed. Transplants extremely well. Grows exceptionally well and loves the heat of summer. The hotter it gets, the better it seems to grow. The more you pick the more it grows. Four vines will keep you in fresh spinach and give you more than you can keep up with in canning, once it gets established. Tastes exactly like real spinach and I prefer it over the real thing any day. Not hardy in areas with cold winters unless you compost and pile on the mulch to keep the roots from freezing. Even then it's hit or miss unless the temps stay above freezing. No sweat however, as each vine will produce hundreds of dark purple (pokelike) berries which can be picked and dried in a few days, then sown again in spring after last frost or started indoors earlier. Easy, easy to grow. Just plant and leave it alone. Needs a trellis or fence to climb, and an arbor would produce even better results.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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By Solarmic 25 Nov 2013

5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
rita
Location:
Poarch, AL
Date:
October 19, 2013
          5.0
 
Red Malabar Spinach
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? love love love!!!

What are the cons? none

Review:

I was given a handful of early plants from a friend in May. She just pulled em up and I just stuck em in the ground with a prayer. I didn't water them at all except for the day they were put in the ground! THEY ARE MAGNIFICENT! I am an egg girl and these leaves no matter the size are excellent wilted down in my eggs. With some garlic it's even more amazing! If I'm out in the garden and want a snack I just took a few early leaves and enjoyed them. As for gelatinous like okra I didn't get that at all, though I didn't juice them. I am glad to hear from the Georgia responder about their coming up from seed. As far as I am concerned, they can have that side of the porch! They are indeed a beautiful plant as well as being edible and this is always appealing to me. I did come to the Baker Heirloom site to find out about harvesting the seed for planting elsewhere next year in another area nearby, without having to wait for plants to emerge in the spring.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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By rita 19 Oct 2013

4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
JJ
Location:
Benton, AR
Date:
October 17, 2013
          5.0
 
One of our favorite plants
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Great for dehydrating and soup

What are the cons? Not for raw eating

Review:

While this may not be a salad "spinach", do NOT pass this up!! It grows EVERYWHERE, and is a prolific re-seeder in Arkansas. GREAT in soups, stews, anything you want to add as a HIGHLY nutritous green, and just as good dehydrated, we could not live without this wonder plant. We have been growing this for 10 years and love it. The leaves can be picked small, but will grow as large as a man's hand. I cannot say enough about this, check out the nutrition level and don't be shy about adding to most dishes!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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By JJ 17 Oct 2013

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