days to maturity:
plant spacing: 1 plant per square foot
sunlight requirements: 6-14 hours
look out for: mealy bugs
harvest notes: harvest the leaves and use like a cooking green
Longevity spinach is another tropical “spinach” variety to add to your collection of Florida fake spinaches. It is very similar to Okinawa spinach in use and flavor however it is faster growing and tends to stay lower to the ground and will get less bushy than Okinawa. Young leaves and stems of Gynura procumbens are crunchy and succulent, but even older leaves are not hard, and it usually have more valuable content and less water. It can be used fresh in the same way as salad leaves, for sandwiches and salads, or turned into smoothie (squeezing and drinking, only pure juice out of it, is in my opinion waste of healthy, nutritious plant matter). It can also be boiled, blanched or steamed like spinach, or added to soups, stews or stir-fries. Dried or fresh, cutted leaves and stems, can be used for making herbal tea.