I have managed to grow an extensive planting of Malabar spinach. This hardy plant is not fazed by heat, dryness, blight, or pests. It reseeds itself. Its fleshy leaves are tart and juicy, and taste a bit like common spinach. It would seem to be an ideal salad ingredient, and I’ve been trying my best to acquire a taste for it.
I have failed.
It’s the texture that puts me and MM off. The fleshy leaves contain a viscous sap, not unlike cactus juice. The thick, slick texture just doesn’t do much for me. I shudder to think of what might happen if I cook it- the slight crunch would be eliminated, leaving only the thick texture. So the Malabar spinach is off the table, and soon out of my yard. Except the sprouts from the copious quantities of seed it produces, which I will no doubt be finding for quite some time.
I guess this comes under the heading of kissing frogs to find a prince, or whatever applies to those of the princely persuasion looking for princesses. Or at least a nice salad.
pictures 1-5: various views of the Malabar project.
looking for another top row tenant
Malabar spinach Harvesting