Purslane and Portulaca forum: Other succulents? Basella?

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jeffphx
Aug 16, 2016 11:36 AM CST
If you live in a hot part of the country, and if you like growing succulents, you might be interesting in growing an edible succulent vine called Basella. There is a green one and a red one. I grow both.

They taste like okra, and are best when cooked up in a stir fry.


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I forgot to add that they grow from both seeds and cuttings. And are often called Malabar Spinach, but they don't taste like spinach. They taste a little bit like okra.
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vic
Aug 16, 2016 12:56 PM CST

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Welcome! Jeff - I've never heard of Basella. Thanks for the info Thumbs up

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jeffphx
Aug 18, 2016 11:25 AM CST
Hardly anyone knows about them, but they are easy to grow in warm, sunny areas. They are a great source of soluble fiber. If you mix them into a salad, you won't even hardly notice them. And you get all that soluble fiber.

Here is the red version...


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Boopaints
Aug 22, 2016 9:21 AM CST

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The red doesn't look red but it sure looks beautiful and so healthy!

Thanks for the new information, Jeff!
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purpleinopp
Aug 24, 2016 2:53 PM CST
The stems look red. It's an attractive plant for sure! Edible = a bonus!
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jeffphx
Aug 26, 2016 2:33 PM CST

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It is kind of hard to see. Only the stems are red.

The red ones grow faster, have smaller leaves, and seem more vigorous growers than the green variety. I prefer the red ones, but I do like the giant leaves of the green ones, too.



Name: Becky (Boo)
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Boopaints
Aug 26, 2016 2:47 PM CST

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Thanks for showing me, Jeff. I'm such a visual person. :)
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vic
Aug 27, 2016 3:08 AM CST

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me too Thumbs up

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