The leaves of Malabar spinach are dark green, heart-shaped, and have a slightly glossy appearance. When most spinach varieties are turning bitter in the hot summer months, Malabar spinach thrives. Its thick, semi-succulent, heart-shaped leaves have a mild flavour and mucilaginous texture.It is also called Malabar Spinach.
Malabar spinach is considered a succulent, meaning it stores water in its leaves, giving it good levels of mucilage. Mucilage is very detoxifying and soothing to the body while digesting and offers healing properties. This spinach look-a-like can be substituted for the leafy green in many dishes and in salads.