Fact sheet: Okinawa Spinach

General Description: Okinawa Spinach, also known as Hung tsoi, is a spinach native to Southeast Asia, specifically Indonesia. It spreads quickly in warm climates, and can be eaten raw or cooked. The leaves and tender shoots have a mucilaginous flavor, especially when cooked, but only the older leaves should be cooked. Cultivated forms are sterile and are planted from cuttings. Okinawa Spinach thrives in Southwest Florida.

  • Native Origin: Indonesia; Southeast Asia.
  • General History: Okinawa Spinach is native to Southeast Asia, specifically Indonesia, and is cultivated for its leaves and tender shoots in many climate zones all around the world.
  • Distribution: Tropics and subtropics; grown as summer annual in colder climates.
  • Season of Harvest: Mostly year-­‐round in tropics and subtropics; annual in colder climates.
  • Culinary Uses: The leaves and shoots can be eaten raw or cooked. Okinawa Spinach has a mucilaginous flavor when cooked, however, and usually only older leaves should be cooked.

Fact sheet: Okinawa Spinach

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Posted: June 5, 2017


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