A gallery of edible and useful wild plants, in Wellington and the Wairarapa (NZ)
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Beach spinach (Tetragonia trigyna)
The leaves make a good kale substitute. Like kale, beach spinach keeps well, and holds its shape and volume well when cooked. I just love this stuff.
It grows in many places round the NZ coast, growing most lushly in spots that offer it some shade. To harvest, pick the growing tips - this encourages new growth. (I.e. Leave some for me! :o) Update 31 January
Beach spinach is in berry at the moment. I'm not sure exactly how edible or good for you the berries are, but spurred on by my intrepid friend Lynda, I've tried a couple. The taste is mild, salty, sweet and juicy with a texture a bit like watermelon.
Has anyone else eaten the berries or heard of people eating them? In all the books and websites I've checked, the only use I can find for the berries is as a colouring.
Beach spinach is in the same family as iceplant, and that has berries that are known to be edible.