Vegetables and Fruit forum: Malabar spinach

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Name: Jackie
South Texas
Jackiecg
Jun 20, 2017 7:09 AM CST
I'm growing Malabar spinach for the first time this year. I'm super excited about it since it's supposed to hold up during our hot south Texas summer. Any tips anyone? I bought seeds on Amazon and my plants are about 3 inches now. I hope they taste good Crossing Fingers!
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jun 20, 2017 7:31 AM CST
The seeds are waiting to be planted here. Yes, it does take summer heat as it is a tropical. The taste is not for everyone. The leaves are nice when young, but they have a mucilaginous texture as they age.
Steaming the leaves makes them less so. It is a good green to grow on a trellis over the summer heat.
I like to plant the red vined ones as they are more ornamental.
Name: Jackie
South Texas
Jackiecg
Jun 20, 2017 9:02 AM CST
Good advice thank you. I am growing the red vine one too. How do you get yours started? It has been so extremely slow growing.

How do you explain the taste? I'm worried I'll put all this effort into it and not even like the taste. Do you eat the berries too?
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jun 20, 2017 9:14 PM CST
I don't eat the berries. They are easy to start if it is warm enough.
They are a pretty vine, so sometimes I grow them in containers with a trellis.
Name: Kristi
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pod
Jun 21, 2017 6:04 AM CST
It will take off when good and hot. I found mine grew best in later summer. I prefer the leaves fresh and young. I add them to salads or use in sandwiches. Never tried cooking them because it is usually to blessed hot to want to cook by that time of summer. Hilarious!

I never ate the berries but would try to cut them off. If you do not, they will reseed with wild abandon. Hope you enjoy....
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Jackie
South Texas
Jackiecg
Jun 21, 2017 11:27 AM CST
OK well it's good and hot now! They should take off. I was so happy to find something for our hot summers. I can't wait to try it on sandwiches. The kids love lettuce in the fall so they should love this.. I think I'll just stick a tomato cage around it and let it go up that. It's right by my okra so maybe it could go up that too lol since they are almost as tall as me now lol

I've heard sweet potatoes do well in the summer too. I tried making slips but my potatoes just rot Shrug!
Name: Kristi
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Jun 21, 2017 12:40 PM CST
Jackie, you might try slicing sweet potatoes and planting the slices. I have had some discarded sweet taters that take root and grow in the compost pile. Just keep the soil fairly moist.

When you eat the Malabar spinach just pick the tender new growth. It will taste better and far more tender.
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Jackie
South Texas
Jackiecg
Jul 1, 2017 11:08 AM CST
Oh you can just stick them in the ground? I will try that! Is it too hot to plant now?

I just picked some Malabar spinach and cooked it with eggs! It was good!
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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Jul 1, 2017 9:10 PM CST
Shouldn't be too hot to plant as long as you can keep the soil moist. They really seem to like the heat.

Cooking with eggs sounds tasty. I'll have to try it. Thanks!
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.

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