Kang Kong (aka water spinach or swamp cabbage)
Origin: hot, humid tropics SE Asia
Plant: Sept – Jan
Harvest: Oct – May
Kang Kong is one of the tropical greens. Cut leaves off the trailing vines and use the vine tips in stir-fries. Harvest often before the plant reaches 20cm high to stimulate extra lush new growth; feed well with organic fertiliser. Grow in ponds or very damp ground. Kang kong will re-appear each year. Use in quiches and stir-fries.
For recipe inspiration you can try Kang Kong stir fry, simple and highly nutrious. One serve of Kang Kong has 297mg Potassium, 2g Fibre, 2.8g Protein, 110% of your Daily Vitamin A requirement, 82% of your Vitamin C, 7% Calcium and 8% of Iron all with only 41 Calories. Its also loaded with antioxidants, not bad for a plant that can sometimes be called a pest in the Asia Pacific region