Barilla

Barilla is a semi-prostrate rambling plant is found on South Eastern Australian dune systems and protected gullies under low trees in the first line of vegetation from the beach. The small leaves are covered in swollen water storage cells and were a valued green vegetable for Indigenous communities.

Also known as Coorong Spinach, Barilla is related to Warrigal Greens but has a more petite form and a fresh delicate flavour profile.

At Reedy Creek Nursery, Coorong Spinach is organically cultivated in growing boxes of composed seaweed. The raised production beds of this fleshy, trailing plant are protected in the summer by shade houses and during winter by hot houses. This sustainable year round production guarantees flavour and tenderness and consistency of fresh supply.

For a short time in spring, the bright red, salty sweet fruits are a bonus.

Uses: The small, lush leaves on tender trailing stems can be used instead of Spinach and treated in much the same way. Great in Quiches, stir-fries and as a steamed vegetable. The whole stem with small leaves is particularly good in Tempura batter.

Similar to: Warrigal Greens, Baby spinach

Season: Year round

Supplied: Fresh

Available to: Outback Pride Fresh food service, Retail

Mike and Gayle Quarmby

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