It was given to me by a local farmer friend, identified as “Bracilla rubra” or “Brasilla rubra”, but I cannot find information about it on the web. After the small plant started growing (and growing!), I learned that it had originally come from Dr. Cool and that’s why I need to go and see him.
I was told that this is “the ideal food” – and it may well be. It certainly grows rapidly and it is also an attractive plant, so gardeners may want to have it around even if they don’t eat it. I have tried it – not a particularly wonderful taste, but good enough to add to a salad, and it did not kill me. At least it has not so far. But until I learn more, I think I will stick with known lettuces, arugula and spinach.
It looks good enough to eat, doesn't it?
Leaf tips turn red-ish; hence, I suppose the "rubra" in its name.
It pretty much quadrupled in size in a month's time.
Before I find out more about it, I will keep it in a container on my patio,
accompanied by a variety of other pretty plants.