Spinach, Red Malabar

Basella rubra
SKU: 1411 P50
  • Soft, rounded leaves
  • Red leaf veins and stems
  • Re-grows rapidly
  • Heat tolerant

This variety will grow well in most regions of the United States.


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Spinach, Red Malabar Description

Red Malabar is not a true spinach, but a heat loving vine from India with similar flavor and usage.

Spinach most likely originated in Persia before being introduced to ancient India and China. In the early 7th century spinach made its way to Sicily and the Mediterranean region and moved into England and France in the 14th century.

When Catherine de 'Medici became queen of France she brought her love of spinach. Any French dish that incorporated spinach was thereafter known as "Florentine" as a credit to de 'Medici's heritage. Popular culture also has given us "Popeye the Sailor Man", a cartoon character that becomes physically stronger after consuming spinach.

Learn to Grow it

You can sow these seeds directly into the soil 1-2 weeks before your last frost date. If you sow a section or row every two or three weeks, you can get a continuous crop.

These seeds can be broadcast evenly in sections of the garden to create a bed of tender leaves and thinned to 4 inches apart as they mature. Plant your seeds 1/4-3/4 in. deep.

Keep the soil around these plants moist until the seed has germinated and weed free throughout the growing season. Mulching the soil around the plants will help keep the roots cool.

This crop prefers to grow in cool seasons, so gardeners in Zones 8 and warmer should plant this vegetable in the fall. The shade from taller plants can help keep this vegetable cool in sunny gardens and warm climates.