fishguysky wrote:Never heard of the climbing spinach!
I'm actually going to get a couple packs!
don't get couple packs!
Each Malabar spinach plant grows multiple vining (climbs like pole beans) branches and grows huge! At least 10ft. They need lots of water. Also, if you stop harvesting and let them go to seed like I did -- they started dropping berries and sprouting by end of the summer. If you have a long growing season, they would grow like weeds and take over.
On the other hand, the pink flower bud trusses were very pretty and yummy in salad.
I gave a plant to my brother's girlfriend and she planted it in a large container and let it climb all over her deck railing. Definitely an edible landscaping plant.
. This red stemmed variety we grew issaid to taste or do better than the green stemmedvariety -- but I don't remember where I read that.
Also, they are mucilaginous and some people don't like that. Stir fry works and good in soups. I suspect they might work as tempura too.
Earlier on, someone... maybe soil or !potatoes! ... said to try New Zealand spinach for comparison. I haven't got the seeds yet though. Also there was a thread/post about the oxalic acid in these greens not being good for your health. Something to think about.
Have you considered all the unusual tomato varieties?