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Growing up in Nigeria, there was always a ready source of spinach in the back garden. My favourite was the Indian spinach or amunututu as its known in Yoruba. I suppose above all else, it`s soft purple seeds made it stand out and quite attractive to the curious eyes of a young child.

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Also known as amunututu in Yoruba, malabar spinach, pasalai keerai in Hindi, Indian spinach is a perennial twining, sprawling vine with juicy, green leaves packed with calcium and iron and a good source of vitamins A, B and C.

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Its also very easy to grow and sustain. Amunututu will do well in moist, fertile and well drained soils. it is a very attractive plant quickly growing up trellises . It’s best suited to sub-tropical to tropical conditions where the rain and heat of summer suit it perfectly but will also grow with a shorter season in cooler climates.

The favorite in many Asian, Carribean and African dishes, this spinach is versatile and cooks in a jiffy and can be combined in lots of different recipes. Personally, I love the taste of amunututu in spicy sauces but also as a side, lightly steamed with some garlic salt.

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Nutritional Values Indian Spinach

Fiber 0.6 g
Fat 0.8 g
Calories 27
Water content 92.1 g
Protein 2.0 g
Mineral Salts 1.7 g
Sugar 2.9 g
Calcium 73 Mg
Phosphorus 21 Mg
Iron 10.9 Mg
Vitamin C 28 Mg
Niacin 0.5 Mg
Riboflavin 0.26 Mg