Gynura crepioides is commonly known as 'Okinawa Spinach', it is native to Indonesia. 'Okinawa Spinach' is commercially grown in China as a green, it is not a true spinach. Both the stems and the leaves can be eaten raw or cooked.
Use in salads, stirfries, casseroles and curries. Overcooked they can become slimy.
Okinawa Spinach is also known as cholesterol spinach, and there are many claims that it lowers can cholesterol. It will thrive in pretty much any type of soil from clay to silt to sandy soils. It does well in any type of light other than full shade, but will grow best in full sun to partial shade. Happily grows in a pot.
|Growing Conditions||Moist rich soil full sun to partshade|
|Max Size||50 cm|
|Temperature||tropical to subtropical|