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New Zealand spinach,

succulent annual (Tetragonia expansa) of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and S South America, grown for the edible leaves. The plant grows prostrate, often spreading to cover several feet. It is cooked like spinach. It is in the same family as the ice plantice plant,
low, fleshy plant (Cryophytum crystalinum) of warm, dry, barren regions. It is cultivated chiefly as a curiosity because of its leaves, densely coated with small, glistening, bladder-shaped hairs. The ice plant and many other related herbs (e.g.
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. New Zealand spinach is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Caryophyllales, family Aizoaceae.
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new zealand spinach

new zealand spinach

Very popular in Australia, but spread worldwide. Wild spinach-type plant that’s actually served in fancy restaurants. Thick, triangularshaped leaves covered top and bottom in what appears to be tiny crystals or drops of water. Yellow flowers, small hard horny fruit pod. Used just like spinach, also contains oxalates.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

New Zealand Spinach


(Tetragonia tetragonoides, formerly T. expansa), a vegetable of the Aizoaceae family. It is raised as an annual crop for its fleshy leaves, which are rich in vitamin C.

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You'll find the seed catalogs featuring claytonia, mustards, arugula, corn salad, cresses, endive, orach, putslane, raddicio, tetragonia, sorrel, a dozen Oriental leaf veggies, and more leaf-type and loose-head lettuces than you thought existed.
Before there were bolt-resistant varieties, many gardeners grew a spinach substitute called tetragonia or New Zealand spinach.