Basella alba (Malabar spinach, Ceylon spinach)
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A climbing perennial herb that has a pantropical indigenous
distribution, including South Africa. It is cultivated as a vegetable: the
leaves are are cooked and eaten like spinach. Leaves are rich in calcium,
iron, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
van Wyk, B.-E. 2005. Food Plants of the World -
Identification, Culinary Uses and Nutritional Value. Briza, Pretoria.