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kapps

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Re: Best fake spinach for FL summer
« Reply #25 on: March 29, 2023, 10:04:32 PM »
Longevity spinach will handle full sun like a champ while Okinawan spinach likes it a little bit more shaded. These will take over an area and crowd out most weeds. I have them planted under most of my fruit trees.

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Re: Best fake spinach for FL summer
« Reply #26 on: April 02, 2023, 10:04:28 AM »
Unfortunately tatsoi doesn't grow here in the summer as far as I know.  Maybe it's possible to create a microclimate.

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Re: Best fake spinach for FL summer
« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2023, 10:33:59 AM »
I'm going to try amaranth/callaloo this summer as well.

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Re: Best fake spinach for FL summer
« Reply #28 on: April 04, 2023, 03:09:31 PM »
I am in zone 9b, tatsoi grows very well over the fall/winter along with kale, chard, cabbage, etc.
Callaloo grows great over the summer, but will spread aggressively if it goes to seed.

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Re: Best fake spinach for FL summer
« Reply #29 on: April 19, 2023, 11:36:32 AM »
I just came across Talinum paniculatum, common names are Fame Flower, and Jewel of Opar. The leaves taste just like the baby spinach I buy at Publix. Itís native to South and North America.

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Re: Best fake spinach for FL summer
« Reply #30 on: April 20, 2023, 08:23:42 PM »
Yes, Iíve been growing Tallium paniculatum, jewel of opar, for years. The leaves are much like spinachÖa little thicker, but tender and sweet. Flowers are tiny, bright pink, born on terminal panicles. The seed capsules are small, round and hot red. The seeds are numerous and minute.

It is supposed to be perennial, but mine do not seem to come back. It self-seeds, but not in the bed they were growing in. They pop up everywhere else, however.

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Re: Best fake spinach for FL summer
« Reply #31 on: April 30, 2023, 02:38:20 PM »
Does anyone know if any of these varieties are low in anti-nutrients such as oxalate acid?

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Re: Best fake spinach for FL summer
« Reply #32 on: May 16, 2023, 08:50:25 PM »
As a vegan, I take great affront to the term "fake spinach"

Anyway we like the sissoo spinach, and our tree kale has been going off, though it isnt very spinach-y


I tried the bele but it was super slimy and pretty bitter. Will try again in a soup or something.

Can you please share what tree kale you are having success with? What is the heat and humidity like for you in the summer? Here we have high humidity and most tree kales are not very happy.

 

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