Brazilian Spinach

Scientific Name:

Alternanthera sessilis

Chinese Name:


Common Names:

Sissoo Spinach, Samba Lettuce, Sabu Spinach


Medium green, glossy leaves are heart-shaped with a wrinkled leaf texture.


Cut below the node, ensure retains at least 2 leaves. Place cutting in water, ensuring node is below water surface. Wait to root.


Shade tolerant. Grows best in full or partial sun. At least 4 hours of indirect sunlight.

Soil & Watering

Water if soil is dry, dip fingers 5cm in soil,. if dry water. They are vulnerable to root rot, so ensure media is well draining and contains organic matter for roots to breathe.


Brazilian Spinach Egg Drop Soup
600ml chicken/veg/fish stock 10gm ginger, julienned 10gm garlic, minced 60gm Brazilian Spinach (about 2 large handfuls) 1 tsp chicken powder or salt to taste 1/2 tsp light soy sauce 1 egg, lightly beaten 1/2 Tbsp oil
Sauté garlic and ginger in oil till fragrant. Add stock and bring to a boil. Add Brazilian spinach and bring to a boil for about a minute. Season with chicken powder/ salt to taste. Slowly drizzle the beaten egg in as you swirl the soup. Serve hot.
When the stock is boiling, other ingredients can be added, such as fishballs, tofu and prawns.
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Stir Fried Brazilian Spinach With Sesame Seeds
cooking oil, garlic crushed and chopped, spinach washed and cut, sesame seeds, dill tips optional, hot water, oyster sauce, fish sauce, Chinese cooking wine 1/2 tspn only
Heat the pan, add cooking oil when the pan is heated. Add in Garlic and toss. When the garlic turns golden, add the spinach. Stir well. Add water. Season with fish sauce and oyster sauce. Cover the dish. Add in the dill tips and the Chinese cooking wine. Sprinkle with some sesame seeds.
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