days to maturity:
plant spacing: 1 plant every 2 feet
sunlight requirements: 6-14 hours
look out for: caterpillars and slugs
harvest notes: more shade, more tender
Sissoo spinach is a vigorous, spreading ground cover about one foot high with crinkly leaves and rooting at the nodes. It prefers 50% or more shade and tolerates a wide range of pH soil conditions, though it does require high amounts of nitrogen, organic matter, and water. It can be planted in your garden or as a living mulch under fruit trees. The leaves are slightly more crunchy than the temperate climate spinach, some cultivars may be slightly bitter. They require steaming or boiling when eaten in large quantities because of the presence of oxalates. Reportedly, Brazilians eat this plant raw in salads with oil, vinegar, tomato, and onion; although the literature recommends cooking it. It is eaten alone as a cooked green or added to dishes as a spinach substitute.