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Description: Basella is one of the many amaranths. This is a tropical climbing plant which can grow up to 2 meters (6 ft) in height. Basella rubra provides succulent red leaves and is otherwise known as Ceylon spinach or vine spinach. Basella alba, or Indian spinach, is the most common available in India. It has green leaves which are harvested as the plant grows and cooked in the same way as spinach or in oil with spices.

Latin: Basella rubra
Most frequent country: Widespread

Substitutes: spinach

See foods and dishes: African spinach, amaranth, calalou, callaloo, callalo, callilu, Ceylon spin, Chinese spinach, een choy, elephant’s ear, Indian spinach, Malabar spinach, Surinam amaranth, vine spinach

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