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Corchorus olitorius (Olitorius group)
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(Egyptian spinach; Jew’s mallow) Vegetable green popular throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Its use dates to ancient Egypt where it was called "food of the kings." The plant has anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties, and is highly nutritious, even more so than kale. Leaves are minced and cooked with coriander and garlic and served as a puree on rice with chicken, rabbit, lamb or fish. It has a slightly mucilaginous texture that may take some getting used to but millions will tell you it is well worth it. Sow direct in spring or start early indoors and transplant out. Keep plants pinched back for a continuous harvest of young shoots and leaves. 60 days.
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