New Zealand Spinach
NZ native perennial vegetable which trails or climbs and will produce an abundance of leaves year round, although it may not endure very hard frosts. We have found it hardy to about -5 in a sheltered spot. It is also drought hardy although moisture is required to avoid bitterness in the leaves. The plant forms a mat of soft fleshy foliage with a crystalline appearance. It can be used as a ground cover though it may dominate more delicate plants. Leaves contain oxalates and so should preferably be cooked or not eaten in large quantities. Steam, boil or stir fry the leaves, or add them to soups and stews. They can also be used to make pesto. Plant 70cm apart. Punnet of 4.