New Zealand Spinach (Tetragonia tetragonoides)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 12
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Other: Large, oddly shaped pods containing 4 to 10 seeds
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Suitable Locations: Beach Front
Uses: Vegetable
Salad greens
Cooked greens
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Stem
Eating Methods: Raw
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Depth to plant seed: 1/2 to 1 inch
Other info: Soak the large fruits (commonly called seeds) for 12-24 hours before sowing.
Pollinators: Self


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Posted by greene (Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) - Zone 8b) on Jun 4, 2018 7:37 AM

Lately, I have been trying some recipes with ingredients from my local Indian grocery store. There is a dish called 'saag' which is normally made with spinach/Spinacia oleracea.
The recipe works just as well using New Zealand Spinach. If you search using the word 'warrigal' you may find other recipes.

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What did I buy? Not malabar spinach... by Thenewguy Aug 29, 2019 2:40 AM 2
Salt tolerant plants by eclayne Feb 8, 2013 9:39 PM 130

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