Basella alba, Basella rubra – Malabar Spinach. Polska wersja. PLANT PROFILE. Malabar Spinach is a tropical climbing vine probably native to. Synonyms: Basella alba var. rubra, Basella rubra. Common Names: Red Ceylon Spinach, Red-stemmed Malabar Spinach, Red Indian Spinach, Red Vine. Basella rubra. Malabar Spinach, Red Vine Spinach. 5 (5 of 5 based on 2 reviews) . When this plant was first listed a long time ago in , we.

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Basella rubra ‘Red Stem’ – Plant Finder

You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. Commonly called Malabar Spinach, Basella rubra is a vining type of plant that thrives in hot temperatures, a boon for those of us that love our greens but find summer too hot for good growth. Using Malabar Spinach is just like using regular spinach. Rubrs raw in salads, Malabar spinach leaves are juicy and crisp, the flavours of citrus and pepper accompany the succulent leaves.

They are baselpa mixed in with other greens in tossed salads. It looks and tastes much like spinach but with a less bitter flavour due to its lower levels of oxalic acid Malabar Spinach tolerate high rainfall and, although it is technically a perennial it is not cold-hardy and is generally grown as an annual in temperate climates. This fast growing vining type plant produces best when trellised. It can even be grown up the same trellis as peas, truly utilising the garden space.

Grown as an ornamental edible, the vines can be trained to climb over archways or doorways.

Stem tips 15 to 20cm 6 to 8in of growth can be harvested 55 to 70 days after seeding. Baslela harvests of new growth stems can be made through the summer and autumn growing the season. Malabar spinach is available in two distinct forms, Basella alba is a green leaf and stem variety while Basella rubra is valued for the brilliant fuchsia-purplish colour of its leaf stems and veins as runra as its mild flavour.

Basella alba – Wikipedia

The plants can also be used as an ornamental, eye-catching addition to the garden. Sow indoors in early spring or directly outdoors from mid Spring. Malabar Spinach is a warm season crop. This vine type of plant is It usually grown as an annual, but grows like a perennial in regions that are frost free. They can also be grown in large 30cm 12in containers or two to three plants per growbag.


When large enough to handle plant out into the border 23 to 30cm 9 to 12in apart. Direct sow the seeds two to three weeks after the last frost date.

Thin germinated seedlings to about 30cm base,la apart. Malabar spinach will grow well in a variety of soil conditions and will survive low-moisture and low-nutrient soils, but for best growth, the vine should be plant in moist well-drained soil with high organic matter and a pH of between 6.

While the plants like a good drink, it can also handle a bit of neglect if you have regular rainfall. The plants can be grown in part shade, which increases the leaf size, but much prefer a position in full sun. This is a fast growing vining plant and produces best when given something to grow on, whether a bamboo cane wigwam, trellis or tree, and baselpa yields will be higher, easier to harvest and free from dirt. The plants grow to around 1. Cool temperatures cause growth rkbra be slower, ruubra the plants will still require something for them to climb up.

The plants are valiantly resistant to pests and quickly scramble over any ugly screen or wall that needs beautifying. The plants prefer to have constant moisture, basellla will prevent early blossoming. Pinch all the small white flowers off the plant to encourage leaf growth. The young leaves and tender terminal stems can be eaten raw and used in salads.

Older leaves can be cooked, they are more like spinach in both look and flavour and hold their shape much better than spinach when cooked. They can be used as bxsella substitute for spinach or chard in recipes. Add to soups and stir-fries in the final stages of preparation to avoid overcooking. Larger leaves and older stems will contain more of the high fibre mucilage, which is the same substance that gives okra its character and is especially useful as a thickener in soups, stews and curries.


In India, it is cooked with spicy chilies, chopped onion and mustard oil. It is frequently found in soups, stir-fries and curries.

While in China gasella leaves and roots are sometimes used medicinally for digestive problems. Bxsella in the season, dark purple berries will appear in abundance. The fruit stains all it touches with an assertive purple mark, so wear gloves when harvesting the berries.

The red-purple juice from the berries can be used a natural food colouring, dye or ink. Use it to colour cream for cake decoration, ice-cream or yogurt for a fun addition to a meal. Seeds can be saved from the ripened fruit. Clean and dry the seeds, place in paper envelopes.

Malabar Spinach, Basella rubra

Remember to label and date the packet and store in a cool dark place until the following spring. A native to tropical Asia, probably originating from India or Indonesia. The plants grow in India and throughout the tropics, primarily in the moist lowlands. In China the leaves and roots are sometimes used medicinally for digestive problems. Malabar Spinach is in the Basellaceae family, not the spinach family. It is considered a succulent a plant that stores water in their leaves and stems.

There are two forms, Basella alba is the green leaf and stem variety, while Basella rubra has purplish stems. In many parts of the world, Basella alba is usually referred to as the ‘spinach’ equivalent of a certain country, even though it is not related to the true spinach Spinacia oleracea. Examples include Malabar spinach, Ceylon spinach, Indian spinach or Chinese spinach. The name of Malabar spinach, likely refers to the northern areas of Kerala state in India.

This at least is fitting, since it is thought that Malabar Spinach probably originating from India or Indonesia. Description Details Commonly called Baswlla Spinach, Basella rubra is a vining type of plant that thrives in hot temperatures, a boon for those of us that love our greens but find summer too hot for good growth.

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