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Brazilian Spinach (Samba Lettuce)
The leaves and young stems are edible and are eaten raw or cooked. In its native Brazil, the leaves are commonly eaten raw in salads with oil, vinegar, tomato and onion. Fresh Brazilian spinach has a firm, crunchy texture. It’s a very tasty substitute for spinach or silverbeet, and can be added to stir-fries and baked dishes such as quiche, lasagna and pies. One simple use is to chop leaves into scrambled eggs or an omelet.
Nutrition: Brazilian spinach contains manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamins B2, B6, C and E, calcium, and potassium, and is very low in kilojoules and fats.