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Talinum Fruticosum Amazon Spinach Ginseng Seeds
Packet of 200+ home grown organically produced seeds!
This super productive species is a real asset here for us.
It is super productive all year round providing lots of leafy greens for both us and the chooks.
The leaves can be eaten raw in salads, or cooked in stews, curries, soups, and a handful of young leaves, a pinch of basil and a bit of fetta cheese is awesome on home made pizza and breads!
Being related to Purslane there is a bit of oxalic acid in them so if you are eating huge amounts keep that in mind.
High in vitamin C, vitamin A, iron and calcium, it is also used as a treatment for measles in Cameroon, diabetes in India, and as a general cure all tonic in Indonesia.
Grown on a huge scale all around the world especially in Africa, Asia, and the Americas and it gets it’s common name “Amazon spinach” because it grows extensively along the Amazon river in Brazil, and the “Ginseng” bit because it is considered a good all round treatment for whatever ails you.
It self-seeds with ease and can be weedy in the moister lush soils further south.
Easy to kill if you feel the need making a great addition to compost, mulch or as green manure, just it is very fertile and hardy so keep an eye on it.
While I am lead to believe that Talinum fruticosum is the currently correct accepted name, it is also labelled as Talinum triangulare, Amazon spinach, Amazon waterleaf, beldroega graada, belok-sup, bolki, broadleaf ginseng, cariru, Ceylon spinach, Ceylon spinach, espinaca de Java, espinaca de Surinam, Florida spinach, Florida spinach, grasse, gbure, Indian ginseng, Lagos bologi, leaf ginseng, lustrosa grande, Philipine Spinach, Philippine spinach, potherb fameflower, pourpier tropical, Surinam purslane, Surinam purslane, Surinam spinach, sweetheart, verdolaga blanca, verdolaga de castilla, waterleaf and the synonyms Calandrinia andrewsii, Calandrinia lockhartii, Calandrinia pachypoda, Claytonia triangularis, Claytonia triangularis var. crassifolia, Portulaca crassicaule, Portulaca fruticosa, Portulaca racemosa, Portulaca triangularis, Ruelingia triangularis, Talinum andrewsii, Talinum attenuatum, Talinum confusum, Talinum crassifolium, Talinum fruticosum, Talinum grandiflorum, Talinum mucronatum, Talinum racemosum, Talinum revolutum, Talinum triangulare, and Talinum triangulare var. purpureum.
Despite my kinda crappy pictures it does make a great ornamental and in good conditions you end up with a bush about 1m square, covered in beautiful pink flower and glossy green succulent leaves.
Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties no problems!!!