(Basella alba ‘Rubra’)
A quick growing vine with soft red stems and large green leaves. Likes the heat and tropics.
Young leaves have a sweet earthy taste. Mature leaves have a stronger spinach flavor. A palatable choice for children as it is less peppery than other spinach. A summer alternative when traditional spinach is out of season. Partners well with garlic, chives, dill, spring onions and chillies.
High nutritional value and rich in antioxidants. Great source of iron, calcium and vitamins A, B and C. Young leaves are tasty in salads and sandwiches. Large leaves can be lightly steamed for stir fries, added to soups and casseroles. The juicy purple berries can be used to colour sweets, drinks and jellies. In Sri Lanka it is a commonly used herbal medicine for insomnia. The high water content helps to aid in cooling the body. Leaves used as a forehead poultice to help soothe head aches.
Warm, sunny, sheltered position in well drained soil, rich in organic matter. Will climb readily if given support.
Requires regular harvesting to keep under control. Prune flowers and berries as they appear. Regular applications of Seasol and Powerfeed will keep the plant healthy and producing well.
|Position||PART TO FULL SUN, FROST TENDER|
|Height||UP TO 3M|