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This Sat, 10-4, Epp plant sale fundraiser and volunteer sign up at the Grand Opening and mini Earth Skills at the new Hawthorne Farmers' Market. Come Sat hi. Anyone else want to table with us?
Open House at the Hawthorne Community Market
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Anyone interested in tabling Sunday afternoon for the Eat Local Challenge downtown? We need help at the nursery and don't want to detract, but this is a good recruitment and outreach event. Anyone that didn't already plan to be at the nursery? We have to confirm ASAP since a spot opened and we didn't enroll prior.
Eat Local Challenge Kickoff and Local Food Fair
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THANK YOU to Tad DeGroat for selling plants at the festival this weekend. What a great volunteer! FYI to all, we have lots of raspberry canes, small blueberry bushes, thornless blackberries, pomegranates,lemon grass (deters mosquitos) and loquats for sale at the nursery. Come out and get yours this weekend! We have volunteers here on Sunday from 8 am - 12 pm. ... See MoreSee Less

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We have an interested Horticulture graduate wanting to intern and a Botany major. More to come soon :-) ... See MoreSee Less

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Anyone working this Sunday? We have only been there once but would like to volunteer Sunday from 8-12?

Tim
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Okinawa spinach

This attractive perennial herb (Gynura crepioides) has half purple, half dark green leaves that make a delicious addition to salads, or can be cooked as a potherb. It propagates well from cuttings, that you must take before winter as the plant will not survive a freeze. Rooting the cutting in water before planting so that it forms good roots improves results.

As with most cuttings, remove all but the top few leaves of a cutting to reduce water loss until it grows new roots. Rooting is very slow in cold weather.


Okinawa lettuce can be used in landscaping as a groundcover in full sun (with enough water) or it does well in partial shade. It needs little, but does appreciate some soil amending/fertilizing.

It can be cooked like spinach – but don’t overcook it as it can become unpleasantly slimy.
Click on the Recipes link for some great ideas for cooking it!

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More photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=okinawa%20spinach

pdf – Okinawa spinach information sheet (
to print out).


9 comments to Okinawa spinach

  • Carol Mercer

    I tasted this for the first time while on a trip to Hawaii – It was thriving in a private yard, climbing a palm tree! Absolutely DELICIOUS!

  • The leaves are often battered and fried served as tempura here in Okinawa.

  • Shreela

    I have a shaded area in between my house and our large oak. Since it’s close to the house, it doesn’t flood as deeply as the front of the yard. I bet this would grow good there, since it gets morning and evening sun.

  • Herbert K Kay

    I would like to know how can i get the Okinawan Recipes on health and longevity and cancer fighting recipes

  • indira

    I had this tasty plant in Maui, and have had cravings for it nonstop since ‘ve left. Once the aina gets in you- it won’t leave

  • TropicBob

    This is my new favorite vegetable. I steam it with rice (last 7 minutes) and eat it with the rice- delicious. It grows great here in South Florida and is attractive.

  • Steph

    It grows well in my yard here in Central Florida. I add it to soup, curry, etc.

  • Marcy

    Is this something that MUST be grown from cuttings or can it be planted by seed? Thanks for replies!

  • Thank you for the information. I have been growing it for a few years now here in northern Florida, and it does great, even surviving the occasional freeze in the winter. I have only had it raw so far in salads, but I will try sautéing it, as well as the tempura. Keep the recipes coming, please!

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