Althernanthera triandra sp.
Origin: Highlands, wet, cool South America
Plant: Sept – March
Harvest: any time through the growing season
Brazilian Spinach can be planted as a solid border or left to ramble on its many branches to cover an area up to a metre wide. Cuttings can be taken during the wet season and either planted out or placed in a jar with water to encourage root growth prior to planting. Tiny white flowers will form at the end of the season (winter), and the succulent leaves will turn a bit papery and bitter; however, they can still be eaten cooked at this stage.
Brazilian spinach is a prolific source of greens in the garden; it can be used in salads with other greens; it can be used as a spinach substitute – try it in combination with Tahitian spinach and arrowroot leaves to make a spinach and feta pie; the leaves can also be substituted for basil when making pesto.