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Post  has55 on 2/16/2015, 4:25 am

went out just prior to nightfall to cover my plants due to cold spell tonight about 32 degrees with wind chill to 22 degrees. it was 65 today. found some malabar spinach sprouting. we have had several days of 65 to 75 degrees. GloriaG told me they would self sprout. I was surprise it would be this early. they should go to plant heaven tonight after tonight freeze. this picture is taken just after dark.


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Post  sanderson on 2/16/2015, 4:47 am

Where did you get the seeds?

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Post  has55 on 2/16/2015, 4:55 am

@sanderson wrote:Where did you get the seeds?
Hi Sanderson. I received 4 transplant last part of June from GloriaG. I talked about it in this thread.

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Post  sanderson on 2/16/2015, 5:23 am

Thanks.  I just finished my indoor seeding, but I totally forgot about this one when I ordered my seeds. Sad Not that I don't have enough plants with 8 flats!

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Post  has55 on 2/16/2015, 5:31 am

@sanderson wrote:Thanks.  I just finished my indoor seeding, but I totally forgot about this one when I ordered my seeds. Sad Not that I don't have enough plants with 8 flats!
this one grows very fast and needs harvesting frequently or it will take up a lot of space. It's delicious.

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Post  mollyhespra on 2/16/2015, 8:42 am

@sanderson wrote:Thanks.  I just finished my indoor seeding, but I totally forgot about this one when I ordered my seeds. Sad Not that I don't have enough plants with 8 flats!

I just made a seed order over the weekend and this plant was among them. I don't know how big the seed packet is but I'm willing to share some with you, Sanderson, especially if it self-sows readily.

Has55, do you remember how long it took to flower and go to seed? My growing season is very short & I don't know if this is one I'll need to start indoors, etc. if I want to be able to harvest seeds for future years.

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 2/16/2015, 10:37 am

I have some of these seeds and haven't planted them yet, thanks for the reminder!  I can share too, Sanderson.  Let me know and I can send some to you if Molly doesn't have enough to share.

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Post  quiltbea on 2/16/2015, 11:56 am

Has55.....you could cover them with some old towels or blankets if you want to protect them for several hours during the night.  That might save them for you.

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Post  has55 on 2/16/2015, 12:16 pm

@mollyhespra wrote:
@sanderson wrote:Thanks.  I just finished my indoor seeding, but I totally forgot about this one when I ordered my seeds. Sad Not that I don't have enough plants with 8 flats!

I just made a seed order over the weekend and this plant was among them.  I don't know how big the seed packet is but I'm willing to share some with you, Sanderson, especially if it self-sows readily.

Has55, do you remember how long it took to flower and go to seed?  My growing season is very short & I don't know if this is one I'll need to start indoors, etc. if I want to be able to harvest seeds for future years.
Actually don't recall when this happen. . last year I was doing so much, I was just happy GloriaG gave me the transplant and open up a new horizon in a plant with great taste. I remember walking outdoor and noticed how fast it was growing. Later these beautiful flower and then seeds appeared. Ididn't know what it was and took a while before I called GloriaG to see what was happening. That when I found out about the self seeding. I hope she chimes in. Loooking at the red malabar spinach thread again , I noticed I posted about the initiate transplant on june 28, followed by a 2n posting of it growth on 8/1/14. that's 30 days,wow! Hopefully GloriaG will chime in. here another picture on 8/21/14-

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Post  has55 on 2/16/2015, 12:24 pm

@quiltbea wrote:Has55.....you could cover them with some old towels or blankets if you want to protect them for several hours during the night.  That might save them for you.
Thanks quiltbea. I actually thought these were a summer crop. they did so well in our 90-100+ weather this summer. So I don't know if it worth trying to keep them alive through our winter. We're not out of the woods yet for ice storms. GloriaG told me to just let them come up on their own and transplant to different location If i desire. she said they will be 100's of seedling. Hope she chime in later. she does many transplant for outdoor winter growing.

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Post  sanderson on 2/16/2015, 12:56 pm

Thank you thanks  so much for the offer Molly, but I see Audrey also offered after you did.  Audrey, I would love 4 seeds.

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Post  GloriaG on 2/18/2015, 1:06 pm

Hi Everyone,

Austin is correct that Malabar Spinach is a hot weather perennial vine.  The hotter the better.  It also like copious amounts of water.  In it's native habitat (tropical Asia and Africa) it grows near streams.

Like all vegetative plants, it puts out abundant growth in early summer - winding down in late autumn and setting tiny little white flowers that are followed by purple fruit in fall.  The fruit looks like little stems of grapes.  There are literally thousands of them on each plant (and they stain)!  The first time the temperature dips below about 40° the plant will start to die back and will be totally gone by the first freeze.

I have found that seeds are not very easy to start in the house.  For me, it was better to start them outside when the weather turned consistently warm. Once started I never needed to re-plant since they continually re-seed themselves.  I also have lots of spare seeds if anyone needs them.

Austin has an interesting situation since his beds warmed-up so fast.  Mine haven't emerged yet.  He shouldn't have to worry however since there will be LOTS more seedlings coming up.  One of the challenges with Malabar Spinach is controlling unwanted sprouts.  In some parts of the world it is considered invasive and is destroyed.

For those living in the north - I don't have first-hand information, but I suspect that growth will be slower.  Our vines easily reach 30+ feet in one season.

Malabar Spinach is a wonderful addition to the garden and I hope you enjoy it.

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Post  sanderson on 2/18/2015, 1:34 pm

Thank you, Gloria

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Post  has55 on 2/18/2015, 4:19 pm

@sanderson wrote:Thank you, Gloria
+1 thank you Gloria. Great info

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 2/18/2015, 10:07 pm

Sanderson - your seeds were dropped in the mail today, you should have them tomorrow or Friday at the latest :-)

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Post  mollyhespra on 2/18/2015, 10:22 pm

@audrey.jeanne.roberts wrote:Sanderson - your seeds were dropped in the mail today, you should have them tomorrow or Friday at the latest :-)

Oh, good! I'm glad you were able to get those out. I don't think the ones I bought have even shipped yet.

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Post  sanderson on 2/19/2015, 12:53 am

Audrey, thanks

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Post  kauairosina on 2/20/2015, 12:29 pm

for different folks.  Our Malabar spinach grows like crazy and is one of those mucilaginous leaf plants that we are not fond of.  We can add a small amount in with other greens but unless we are in a dire food emergency we will probably not intentionally grow it again.

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 2/20/2015, 5:35 pm

@kauairosina wrote:for different folks.  Our Malabar spinach grows like crazy and is one of those mucilaginous leaf plants that we are not fond of.  We can add a small amount in with other greens but unless we are in a dire food emergency we will probably not intentionally grow it again.
Is "mucilaginous" a fancy word for slimey?!  When I used it for juicing, I could have made a green slime any little boy would have loved to use for halloween, LOL!

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Post  kauairosina on 2/20/2015, 5:53 pm

I just hadn't thought of that.  Does someone have ways in which they like to prepare the stuff?  I'm open to ideas.  Can't kill it here.

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Post  GloriaG on 2/20/2015, 6:21 pm

Hi audrey.jeanne,

Yes - mucilaginous means slimy.  HOWEVER malibar spinach can be used very effectively without becoming nasty. 

There are some tricks that help. Always use the spinach as soon as it's picked.  This is not a good candidate for keeping stored in the fridge.  Rinse very well.  Cut, don't tear the leaves - less damage less slime.  Cook it quickly in a hot wok or frying pan. Also, don't forget you can take advantage of the slime factor to thicken soups and stews just like okra. 

One of our favorite recipes is a Tomato Malibar Spinach Quiche.  We always add the potatoes and many times we also add some cooked chicken to the top and have a one dish meal.  No slime at all and even my fussy senior family member enjoys it. (It requires a very deep pie dish.)  I hope you try it.

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  • 10-inch pie crust
  • 4 very large tomatoes or the equivalent of plum tomatoes, sliced, gently squeezed and drained for 10 minute
  • 1/2 C chopped malabar spinach leaves
  • 1/2 C chopped basil
  • 1 small onion, sliced; separate the rings
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 C milk or soy milk
  • 6 large eggs, beaten
  • 4 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 C diced pan friend potatoes (hash browns) – optional

Preheat oven to 400 degrees f.
Pat crust into pie plate.  Flute edges and chill while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
Mix eggs, milk and 1/2 cheddar cheese.  Salt & pepper to taste.
Remove crust from the refrigerator.  Place tomatoes in an even layer on the bottom of the crust.  Sprinkle with salt & pepper to taste.  Layer sliced onion rings on top of the tomatoes and evenly distribute the minced garlic.  Top with spinach and 1/2 the basil. Layer potatoes evenly on top.
Pour egg mixture evenly over the vegetable layers.  Layer with remaining basil and sprinkle the remaining cheddar cheese over the top.
Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.  Allow to cool 10-15 minutes until set.

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Post  kauairosina on 2/20/2015, 6:24 pm

mahalo for the ideas and the recipe.

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Post  GloriaG on 2/20/2015, 6:27 pm

You are very welcome kauairosina. 
Let me know if you want more recipes.  We have a few more we use.

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Post  sanderson on 2/20/2015, 11:16 pm

@audrey.jeanne.roberts wrote:Is "mucilaginous" a fancy word for slimey?!  When I used it for juicing, I could have made a green slime any little boy would have loved to use for halloween, LOL!
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Post  sanderson on 2/20/2015, 11:19 pm

Gloria, did you also post this under recipes?

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