We’ve added a new vegetable, warrigal greens to our veggie boxes. Also called New Zealand spinach or Botany Bay spinach, warrigal greens are native to Australia and New Zealand.
Like silverbeet, its leaves contain oxalic acidic which is not good for you in high amounts so it’s important to blanch the leaves to remove most of the oxalic acid before eating. The water you blanch them in will contain dissolved oxalic acid so don’t be tempted to drink it. Use your warrigal greens in a quiche, frittata, omelette or stir-fry (once blanched).
Warrigal greens contain high levels of vitamin C and they were used by early European settlers to fight scurvy.