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Plant Identification: Vine w berries in vegetable garden.

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Coral Springs, FL
(Zone 10b)

September 24, 2013
12:13 AM

Post #9668580

This vine is growing in Orlando, Florida. I assume that the berries are edible because it is growing in is a vegetable garden. Any ideas?? Thank you!

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September 24, 2013
12:42 AM

Post #9668585

Looks like Malabar spinach?
It would the the leaves and fresh vines - when young that people eat.
I had this one last summer in the garden but my mom never cooked and it just grew,. and grew.
(Zone 10a)

October 9, 2013
7:40 PM

Post #9682505

Malabar Spinach, Red Vine Spinach, Creeping Spinach, Climbing Spinach all equal Basella rubra.
You eat the young tips and leaves, NOT the berries. Tastes like a salty version of chard. Better raw than cooked IMHO.

Ciao, KK.
Coral Springs, FL
(Zone 10b)

February 16, 2014
6:00 PM

Post #9770537

Interesting since there where a of berries! Thank you!
Denison, TX
(Zone 7a)

June 2, 2014
12:07 PM

Post #9856600

Whoooo, buddy! Whoever had this in their garden is going to have a whole lot more of it next year if they don't clip those berries!

Don't get me wrong; I love Malabar Spinach. It's tasty (when young and/or cut thinly for dishes); it makes a great thickener for soups/stews; it makes a gorgeous shade vine to give my lettuce bed relief in hot Texas summers; and it's bulletproof!

However...ONE plant will do!
Last year I started with THREE. Oops.
This year I moved it from one end of the garden to another where it will be easier to control and I am DEFINITELY clipping those berry bunches this year before they can drop.

I did not do that last year and I now have constant flushes of baby Malabar sprouts coming up all over the original bed. It's neat b/c I can pick enough sprouts to keep both my salads and my friends' salads full, but it's not so neat when they sprout from between the boards of the garden boardwalk. Kind of hard to weed those buggers.

But I'm considering growing them in the dark to get more of the nice crunchy stem and less of the slightly-slimy leaves. I saw a man doing this with radish and other veggie seeds on Andrew Zimmern's show. It was amazing!

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