Superfoods! Growing Longevity Spinach (Gynura procumbens) Plus Recipe

a spinach variety that is healthy as
well as extremely delicious the longevity spinach or gynura procumbens
is one plant you must grow in your garden and we have a delicious spinach
recipe for you as well the longevity spinach is an edible vine found in
China Southeast Asia and Africa it’s just now beginning to gain
popularity in the United States due to its massive health benefits
the health benefits of the longevity spinach include keeping blood sugar
levels under control which is good for people with diabetes it helps reduce bad
cholesterol and it keeps blood pressure under normal levels so with these kind
of health benefits longevity spinach becomes one of the healthiest vegetables
that you can eat so I would highly recommend that you try and grow this in
your home garden now let’s look at the planting technique to plant our
longevity spinach we’re going to be using our potting mix our ez potting mix
that we discussed in our previous video I’m not going to go over the details but
it’s basically the recipe that you see on your screen here and this forms a
very well draining mix that the longevity spinach will grow excellent in
the plant that we have purchased is from a local garden store and it’s very easy
to propagate this plant which we will see in the later section of the video
and once you plant it it can grow either in full Sun or in partial Sun as well
mine is growing in partial Sun and it’s growing really well and within just a
few days about a week after planting this plant was ready for harvest and now
let’s look at the harvest to harvest our longevity spinach all we do is snip the
stems that are growing outwards and that not only helps us control the shape of
the plant it also gives us a good harvest so as you can see here we’re
just chopping away the leaves from the sides and if you want you can even
harvest the individual leaves but I just found that this harvesting method helps
me not only harvest the spinach but also give a nice look to this plant and if
you’ve not already noticed this plant is also very good-looking it serves
excellent as an ornamental plant which is a big plus for your garden and once
you the spinach you need enough to prepare
the kind of dish that you are preparing now I usually steam them and then puree
them into a dish and I will be sharing that recipe with you towards the end of
this video but overall I found this spinach variety to be an abundant
producer and it just keeps growing and producing these leaves which are just
loaded with nutrition so as you can see here extremely healthy leaves and once
you start harvesting the longevity spinach you can just keep harvesting it
for quite some time and here you can take a closer look at the harvested
leaves they look absolutely fresh absolutely delicious
now longevity spinach grows excellent in partial Sun about four hours of sunlight
a day and as you can see here ours has been growing along our side yard in this
little patio area and it has produced excellent leaves I have no complaints of
the quality of the leaves that it’s producing and it’s also excellent to eat
and now let’s look at the propagation technique for longevity spinach I am
gonna be snipping some of these tips which are growing outwards and we will
be propagating the spinach using this technique all we need is just a few
stems and then what we will do is take these stems and then plant them in a
potting mix and they should be able to grow into full plants so as you can see
here we have some containers with some potting mix and all we really do is just
loosen up the soil and then plant these stems into the soil and since the
longevity spinach is actually a wild growing plant it will easily send out
roots and develop into a new plant so if you have somebody around your friends
your neighbors that has a longevity spinach plant you can just takes a few
stems and start propagating it it’s an excellent way to propagate the
longevity spinach very soon we were able to harvest one
more round of the longevity spinach as you can see here the plant after
harvesting has grown back and it’s grown a lot more twigs a lot more leaves
around the plant and this time when I’m harvesting I also harvested a lot of the
large leaves and this gave a lot of room and a lot of air to the plant which is
very important for it to grow well and now for a quick spinach recipe now a lot
of you have asked me what do I do with all the harvest that we have in our
garden so I thought of including a recipe whenever possible so that I can
share with you what exactly do I do once we harvest all the produce from our
garden so the spinach being an extremely healthy and plant that’s loaded with
nutrition the best way to prepare this is either to steam it or stir-fry it and
that would give you the best nutrients in this case what we will be doing is
chopping up our spinach leaves into just a little smaller size so that it’s more
manageable and what we’re going to do is make a steamed spinach puree which is
not only extremely delicious but also very healthy so for this we start
chopping up our spinach into smaller pieces and you’ll soon see why now if
you have a larger container you don’t really need to chop the leaves you can
still steam them as is but we are chopping them up so that it’s easier to
manage these small sized leaves when we eventually cook them now we will take a
pan and add some water to this pan this will be used to cook our spinach leaves
and inside the water are we going to be adding some salt you just need to add as
much as you need and some tumeric powder now it’s better to add the salt and
turmeric powder while you are boiling your spinach leaves you can add it later
as well but I just find that these finish leaves absorb a lot of flavor
when cooked like this and you will now add your spinach leaves to that water
that you just created the water with the turmeric and
salt and then you just mix it in very well so that the leaves are well mixed
with the water and once that is done you can just close
the lid and then let the spinach leaves cook and after a few minutes you will
see that the spinach leaves start decreasing in size as they’re cooking so
all you do is just mix them more and then just cover the lid and cook them
for some more time and eventually you will keep doing this for about 10
minutes or so and eventually once your spinach cooks to this consistency that
you’re seeing here you can remove the spinach leaves and now you’re ready for
the next step and the next step what we will be doing is just taking a sieve and
then you need to strain your spinach leaves so that you only get the leaves
and just save the water you will need the water later on so just save the
water and you will be able to use it in the next step in the next step we’re
going to be using a blender we will use a blender to puree these leaves and you
can just add it to the blender and then just run it at the first three speeds
make a nice puree like you see here in a pan you can just take some oil and into
the oil you can add some mustard seeds cumin seeds and optionally some red
chillies now if you want to make it a little spicy you can add the red
chillies or you can skip it and once the mustard seeds start sputtering
optionally you can add some green chillies and curry leaves you are ready
to add the pureed spinach that you prepared in the previous step and then
just add it to this mix and just stir it for some time within about a minute or
so your delicious longevity spinach puree is ready now if you want to drink
it like a soup you can add some more water and dilute it so that it’s not
very pungent I like to eat my spinach puree with rice or Proteus and that’s
how I like to eat it and it’s very delicious so there we have it folks that
was our episode on growing the longevity as well as the recipe if you liked this
episode do give us a thumbs up and I would like to know from you whether you
are interested in growing such interesting medicinal and healthy plants
in your home garden – let me know in the comments box below we’ll see you again
soon happy gardening

81 comments

  1. what an unbelievably hardy looking green nutritional plant.
    will def be an addition to our garden. Great post as usual.
    happy gardening!

  2. Yes I would like to know where you get this plant, or seeds please ? Looks very beneficial to the body ! Also maby the mind as well ! Thank you for your work !!

  3. Thanks again, I’ve watched many of your videos. They are extremely informative! This one is very interesting as the spinach resembles a house plant, and I have never heard of it. Keep up your great work.

  4. had to research to confirm if the first 'r' in turmeric is silent the way you say it. Apparently English and American pronunciation differences. Add some cheese cubes and a dash of cream to your spinach to make a richer and yummier version.

  5. I love spinach and I would like to grow long lasting spinach.I grow normal spinach in spring and winter spinach in late Autumn. Thanks for your valuable tips. Best wishes Patrick

  6. Hi, I love your videos,
    wanted to ask one thing about pomogranates.
    I have grown one from seed with no intention of eating the fruits, all i want is the flowers..so I want to know whether poms grown from seed bear flower or not, if yes then in which year ?

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  8. Thank you for your time and help with the video. You are helping out so many people gain nutrition as well as health. God bless.

  9. I put my plants in the greenhouse for winter and I had mice. It was all gone in one night. I wasn't going to replace it but being in Florida and having no bugs eat the plant is a plus. And it grows so fast. Loves the rainy season. I just throw it in my kale shakes.
    A year later… I finally decided to taste it cooked. It was so much better than regular spinach. I try not to over cook my food so I brought it up to a boil then shut it off. It was perfect.

  10. Thank you so muchπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘good recipes and very good information about this new kind of spinach. We can get this spinach from Home Depot or Lowes. We like your pronunciation it doesn't matter turmeric with first R silent or not. We understand everything you explain. Good job buddy πŸ‘keep πŸ˜€God bless you πŸ™‚

  11. Thank You Much for Your very informative, educational, to the point vedios.
    Everything from A to Z. You're one of my Favorites πŸ‘

  12. I have Caterpillars and Grasshoppers that eat mine. They love it. So everyday at night I have to go outside and get all the Caterpillars that are active when it is dark.

  13. I have 2 plants that are growing, but are growing slowly. Do you have any recommendations? I have one in morning sun and the other in afternoon sun, but both get 6-8 hours of sun per day. They are in small containers – maybe 3-5 gallon pots, with peat, compost, and perlite. I have added a little fish fertilizer every couple of weeks. I wonder if maybe they are getting too much sun? Yours seem to grow very quickly.

  14. I bought a plant online and it looks somewhat different. Flowering and only green stems. How do I know it's the real thing?

  15. I love in Barbados and at the .one t had two longevity spinach plants which I got from one of my sisters..sadly I have a lot of blight which attacks all my plants and trees and it has now spread to one of the longevity spinach plants. Thanks for the recipe.

  16. Enjoyed the cooking part, I never know how to prepare some of the things I grow….what do you do with Swiss chard?

  17. Thank you for another informative and delightful video. Always clear and to the point. Received my first cuttings from Baker Creek. Looking forward to grow them.

  18. Hello, I just started watching your videos and am a new follower. If you have already answered this question I apologize for asking it again. When is a good time to plant this type of spinach? I live in S. California.

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