Other names: Malabar spinach, Ceylon spinach, East Indian spinach, Surinam spinach, Malabar nightshade, Vine spinach, Indian saag
General Information: Indian spinach (Malabar spinach) is not a "real" spinach because it belongs to a different plant family. But when cooked it looks and tastes similar to true spinach (Spinacia oleracea) and that's how it probably got this name. Actually it got many names, almost all referring to different regions where it is grown.
Indian spinach is a soft-stemmed vine. The green leaves are thick and semi-succulent. The stalks are green or yellowish, but in some cultivars they can be purple or reddish in color.
Nutritional: Indian spinach is rich in vitamins A and C, iron and calcium.