Malabar Nightshade

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Malabar Nightshade


or Malabar spinach (Basella alba), an annual or biennial climbing plant of the family Basel-laceae.

Malabar nightshade is of Indian origin. It grows 1.5–2 m tall. Its leaves and stem are succulent and fleshy. Malabar nightshade is raised in tropical and subtropical countries for its young shoots, which are boiled and used as a substitute for spinach. The juice of the fruit is used for food dyes.


Ipat’ev, A. N. Ovoshchnye rasteniia zemnogo shara: Sistematika, biologiia, agrotekhnika i sortovye resursy. Minsk, 1966.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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