For those of you who live in hot parts of the world, such as I do, in Phoenix, Arizona, you might be interested in growing Egyptian Spinach.
It's not really related to spinach at all. It is more closely related to okra and cotton. It is the jute plant.
It tastes okay in salads and as a cooked vegetable. I chop it up finely and add it to salads most of the time, and sometimes, I chop it up and add it to stir fries. It supposedly has a lot of vitamins and minerals in it.
And it's kind of neat to think that I am growin and eating something that the ancient pharaohs of egypt once ate thousands of years ago.
And last but not least, it is very easy to grow.
It seems to have no pest problems, and it laughs at our high heat. Our extremely hot summers don't cause it any problems at all. It does need to be watered, though, almost every day.