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Know Your Spinach! - 38 varieties and still counting!

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Image courtesy:  https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270609 Spinach is an important vegetable green. It is a great source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. As a terrace gardener, one tends to grow many types of spinach. Therefore a question arises as to how many types of spinach's out there. Based on quick internet research, I have come up with 38 varieties globally. This list is not vetted scientifically, there may be scope for further rationalization, and may be there are more varieties to add to the list. While most of the Spinach belong to the Spinacea Oleracia species, please note the "Other Types" mentioned at the end of the table. More such other types likely to emerge. Please write in the comments to help improve the completeness and accuracy of the table below. Click the links for more info, especially the pictures you like to see. This article will be edited in future to refine the info as much possible with your help. Now, the cur

New Day Dream is on! - Make a dent in the global food revolution by popularizing Tree Spinach (ಮರವಾಗಿ ಬೆಳೆವ ಪಾಲಾಕ್)!

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ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಕೆಳಗೆ ನೋಡಿ) This blog is all about "Tree Spinach"! Yes, it is the spinach that grows in a tree. It tastes good when you eat the leaves raw. But, it is recommended not to eat the leaves raw as it has a toxic element in it in raw form only (5 leaves a day is fine, but why attract trouble? Cook and eat it!) This tree is also called as Chaya, the scientific name is Cnidoscolus aconitifolius.  For immediate details, go to wikipedia:  Wikipedia on Tree Spinach Probably it is more than 6 months I have had it in our jungle. Thanks to Mrs. Noor Fatima, who took pains to collect one for me and hand over. I am sure, she was confident that I would do something crazy with it towards propagation, and now I am just getting started. Why delay so far? Unfortunately the small cutting she gave broke into two (due to softness), the top portion dint make it, but the bottom one survived, and I planted it in shady portion fearing it would perish otherwise. The shade slowed it