Basella rubra v Rubra

1,000 د.ك

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Charming twining climber, dark olive leaf, purple red stem, pink flowers, vine for large pots or beds or as vegetable

Basella rubra, commonly known as Malabar spinach, is a warm-weather vegetable originating from Asia. It’s a popular ingredient in many Asian cuisines. Let’s dive into some details about this vibrant green:

  1. Varieties:
    • There are two main species of Malabar spinach:
      • Basella alba: This variety has green stems and leaves. It’s primarily grown as a garden vegetable for consumption.
      • Basella rubra: The striking feature of this variety is its red stems and leaves. It’s often cultivated as an ornamental plant due to its beautiful color.
  2. Culinary Uses:
    • Both species are edible and highly nutritious. They contain high levels of calcium, iron, and Vitamins A and C.
    • The leaves, shoots, and berries of Malabar spinach are all edible.
    • When cooked, Malabar spinach tastes similar to regular spinach, despite not being botanically related to common market spinach varieties.
    • The dark green Basella alba is preferred for eating, while the reddish-purple Basella rubra is more commonly grown as an ornamental plant.
  3. Growing Conditions:
    • Days to Harvest: Approximately 50 days for baby greens and 85 days for full-size leaves.
    • Light: Requires full sun.
    • Water: Consistent moisture.
    • Soil: Prefers fertile soil with a pH ranging from 6.5 to 6.8, although it can tolerate poor soils.
    • Fertilizer: Nitrogen-rich fertilizer to support leaf growth.
    • Pests: Watch out for root-knot nematodes.
    • Diseases: Keep an eye out for Cercospora leaf spot.
  4. Additional Notes:
    • Malabar spinach can be grown as a perennial in warm climates (e.g., Southern California) but is typically treated as an annual elsewhere.
    • If your region experiences frost, it’s best to grow Malabar spinach as a succession planting alternative after cold-hardy leafy greens.
    • The buds and flowers of Malabar spinach eventually develop into dark purple berries, which are edible and can also be used as a dye.

Remember, whether you’re cooking with it or using it as an ornamental, Malabar spinach adds a delightful touch of color and flavor to your garden!

packet 10 seeds

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