• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic

growing, eating New Zealand Spinach

 
Rion Mather
Posts: 644
2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
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?
 
Mike Turner
Posts: 318
Location: Upstate SC
6
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I usually eat them raw in salads.
 
Alder Burns
pollinator
Posts: 1341
Location: northern California
42
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
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....
 
Steve Flanagan
gardener
Posts: 324
Location: North Fork, CA. USDA Zone 9a, Heat Zone 8, 37 degrees North, Sunset 7/9, elevation 2600 feet
8
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
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.
 
Rion Mather
Posts: 644
2
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
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.
 
Steve Flanagan
gardener
Posts: 324
Location: North Fork, CA. USDA Zone 9a, Heat Zone 8, 37 degrees North, Sunset 7/9, elevation 2600 feet
8
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
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!
 
Rion Mather
Posts: 644
2
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
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.
 
Nicole Alderman
pollinator
Posts: 1147
Location: Pacific Northwest
122
duck forest garden hugelkultur
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
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).

Thanks!
 
my overalls have superpowers - they repel people who think fashion is important. Tiny ad:
2017 Homesteaders PDC (permaculture design course) & ATC (appropriate technology course) in Montana
https://permies.com/wiki/61764/Homesteaders-PDC-permaculture-design-ATC
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!