We've been enjoying this vegetable for a few years now, but I didn't know exactly what it was until today. There's a garden center nearby that's run by a family from Taiwan and we've been exploring the unique veggies that they offer. Bought a six-pack of a plant labeled 'Red Spinach
' and when I asked the owner about it, he said 'That like spinach, grow big, you pinch tops, stir fry'. It's wonderful. Very tasty--good in a fresh green salad. Great stirfried in sesame oil with thin slices of ginger.
So today I found a few minutes to look it up and found that it's Gynura bicolor, called 'Okinawa spinach'. Packed with antioxidants and free-radical scavengers. Also purported to reduce cholesterol.
Gotta try some Gynura procumbens
, which is purported to be anti-viral and anti-inflammatory. http://www.youtube.com/v/DcdIr731IA4&feature=related