Formal NameBasella alba
AliasRed Malabar nightshade, 蔓紫, Indian spinach, Malabar spinach
MorphAnnual vines grass vegetable
Malabar (scientific name:Basella alba, Basella rubra.) is a annual vines grass vegetable of the family Basellaceae native to South-East Asia. Stem length is 300 - 400 cm and stem color is purple (native), green. Flower color is white or light pink and flowers are spikes. The leaves are wide oval is green. There are no petals and flowering is from June to September. The leaves and stems become the vegetables andbecom stickiness by scalding. It is fried by Chinese food and ingredient of the soup by the Vietnamese cuisine. It includes β-carotene and vitamin C, iron content, calcium, magnesium in an ingredient.
Common name: Malabar, scientific name:Basella alba, origin: Southeast Asia, producing: production in Japan, Fukushima Prefecture and living types such as Miyagi Prefecture, Tokushima prefecture, Yamagata Prefecture: vine annual grass, stem length: 300 - 400 cm, stem color: purple (native), green, Leaf quality: sticky little, large, soft and wall thickness, leaf shape oval, leaf edge : entire, flower color: white and light pink, flowers: spikes, flowers of location: axil or shoot apical meristems, petals: nothing, flowering: June - September, fruiting period: July - October, fruit color: purple, number of seeds: 1, uses: green and yellow vegetables, use parts: leaf stalks, season: June-August with summer vegetables.
SpeciesB. alba or B. rubra
Flower typeActinomorphic Flower
Flower arraySpike Inflorescence
Petal shapeno petal
Leaf typeBroad ovate Leaf
Leaf edgeEntire Fringe
SeasonJun Jul Aug Sep
Height300 ~ 400 [cm]