Malabar Spinach (Basella rubra)
Malabar spinach red leaves can be cooked or eaten fresh like spinach, which it matches for flavour and is rich in vitamins, with contrasting purple/red stems making it highly ornamental. The plants have a vigorous habit, so will trail or climb up trellis.
English common name: Malabar Spinach
Typical leaf size: 5 x 3cm (length x width)
Best period to harvest: baby and full leaf size.
Production: patio containers and open field.
Culinary use: eat leaves as an unusual alternative in salads. Can also be used in stir-fries or added to soups and curries.