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pui shaak (পুই শাক)

Language: Bengali

Description: Indian spinach. Indian spinach could be any of a number of greens found across the world. Most likely to be Basella alba, a tropical climbing plant that can grow as high as 2 meters (6 ft), the leaves being harvested as the plant grows and cooked in the same way as spinach or stewed in oil with spices. It is a type of amaranth, which includes many varieties of a sweetish green leafy vegetable known by many different names, including callalloo, elephant’s ear, African/Ceylon/Chinese/Indian spinach, Surinam amaranth, etc.

pui shaak
Puishaak, kindly photographed by Siddharth Dasgupta in Kolkata

Latin: Spinaceae oleraceae/Basella alba/Basella rubra/Amaranthus gangeticus/Amaranth oleraceus
Ethnicity: Indian Subcontinent
Most frequent country: Bangladesh, India
Most frequent region: West Bengal

See places: Bengali Food and Cuisine

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