callaloo - Knowledgebase Question

Question by mcowie
January 16, 1998
I am trying to locate callaloo seed. I ate the greens in Jamaica and think it would grow in Mississippi if I could find seed. Can you help?

Answer from NGA
January 16, 1998


Wow. We had a hunt in our office here for any reference to callaloo. We all think we've heard of it...but can't find any sources. Here are a few leads:

One dictionary described callaloo as a green in the genus "Xanthosoma". (Another said it was a stew made out of greens and crabmeat.) I wonder if callaloo is actually a type of green, or is just a common term for a group of cooking greens used in that dish.

I found one plant, Xanthosoma brasiliense, common name Tahitian spinach, that is native to the West Indies. The leaves are cooked as greens. I couldn't find this specific plant in any of my catalogs, but one company, Seeds Blum (ph# 800-528-3658, e-mail: has what sound like they might be similar greens, including mountain spinach/orach and malabar spinach. You might contact them to inquire if they have heard of callaloo.

Other companies to try are: Bountiful Gardens, ph# 707-459-6410, e-mail:
Seeds of Change, ph# 888-762-7333, web site:
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, ph# 804-973-4703, web site:
Nichols Garden Nursery, ph# 541-928-9280, web site:
Native Seeds/SEARCH, ph# 520-327-9123; web site:

I checked these companies' catalogs and didn't find callaloo, but they all feature native and/or unusual seed so they may be able to direct you to a source. Sorry I couldn't be of more help. If you do find any information about callaloo, I would really appreciate it if you would send it on to me. Now you've got my curiosity piqued!

You must be signed in before you can post questions or answers. Click here to join!

« Return to the Garden Knowledgebase Homepage

Member Login:



[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by Paul2032 and is called "Hosta Great Expectations and Corydalis lutea"