Malabar, Red

Malabar, Red

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RED MALABAR ~ lovely thick glossy leaves with red leaf veins and deep red, almost purple stems 20 seeds SOW: in spring and early summer. The seeds have a hard coating and may well benefit from soaking overnight or scratching before planting GROW: Grow this in the greenhouse or conservatory (it is a tropical plant and likes warmth through glass). It is happy to trail from hanging baskets or window boxes or climb a trellis. Careful harvesting (leaving 2-3 leaves on the branches to resprout) will allow this to continue to grow happily throughout the season EAT: harvest the heart shaped leaves as you need them. The fleshy stems and tips are also edible. There is a lot of good eating on this mild spinach flavoured productive plant; indeed it is an excellent alternative to spinach during the summer.

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