Malabar spinachMalabar spinach (Basella rubra and B. alba) is a heat-tolerant, vining plant with leaves that taste like spinach. The two species differ in stem color--red or green. The red is striking--an ornamental edible. It's a perennial in frost-free zones and a freely seeding annual in the rest of the state.
This crop is a member of the basella family (Basellaceae) and is not closely related to spinach and has no oxalate crystals.