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Florida Cultivation Guide for Malabar Spinach

HS1371/HS1371 by Yuheng Qiu and Guodong LiuMarch 4, 2024Malabar spinach (Basella spp.) is a nutritious vegetable in the family Basellaceae. Malabar spinach goes by many names, including Indian spinach, Ceylon spinach, vine spinach, and climbing spinach. Malabar spinach has long been established in cultivation in China and India. This spinach is a novel crop to Florida and is currently grown only for niche markets. However, Florida’s suitable climate coupled with Malabar spinach’s great taste and nutritional quality suggest that this crop has great potential for commercial cultivation.

Spinach, Malabar—Basella rubra L.

MV138/HS671 by James M. StephensNovember 6, 2018

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