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First time New Zealand Spinach gardener here. I have read that the leaves have to be cooked before eating them. Any cooking advice from others that are growing this plant?
 
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I usually eat them raw in salads.
 
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I've usually briefly cooked it....it makes a bland tender green much like "ordinary" spinach. When a plant get some size I pick off entire tips....this frequent pruning encourages bushy growth....
 
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Has anyone added New Zealand Spinach to quiches or lasagnas?
I will be growing New Zealand Spinach and Malabar Spinach this year for the first time. I am trying to grow more leafy greens in my garden.
 
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FYI - My NZ has been thriving in a container. So much so that I am starting more seeds this week. I have read that they can be invasive so I will only use them as container plants.
 
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Rion Mather wrote:FYI - My NZ has been thriving in a container. So much so that I am starting more seeds this week. I have read that they can be invasive so I will only use them as container plants.



It's funny, that was my plan. I got a bunch of 6.5 gallon buckets, I will be drilling holes in them and filling them up with soil. Can you elaborate on growing NZ spinach in containers for me? Thanks!
 
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Steve Flanagan wrote:

Rion Mather wrote:FYI - My NZ has been thriving in a container. So much so that I am starting more seeds this week. I have read that they can be invasive so I will only use them as container plants.



It's funny, that was my plan. I got a bunch of 6.5 gallon buckets, I will be drilling holes in them and filling them up with soil. Can you elaborate on growing NZ spinach in containers for me? Thanks!



Super simple. I am growing mine in 2.5 gallon buckets. I can see why they are considered invasive because it grows like a weed. As far as the taste, I do prefer the leaves cooked slightly. An excellent plant for growing indoors.
 
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Reviving this thread to ask if anyone knows what the hardiness of New Zealand spinach is. What zone is it perennial to? I'd love to have perennial "spinach," but I can't seem to find out how if it will survive the winter in my zone (7b/8a).

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