NZ spinach is a rambling plant up to 1m wide. The leaves are bright green and somewhat fleshy. It is especially useful vegetable for over the summer, when Spinacea species are prone to bolt, as it tolerates hot and dry conditions really well. Best used cooked, it can replace spinach in any recipe but remember that it doesn’t wilt quite as much so fewer leaves are needed.
Captain Cook included this plant in his ‘greenstuff’ for salads and broths for his crew. It has been cultivated as a vegetable since 1809.
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