Molokhia (Egyptian Spinach) at Marcelia Farm

This summer, we were lucky to harvest our first batch of Molokhia (Corchorus Olitorius)  from our farm. Other names for the vegetable are Egyptian Spinach, Jute Mallow and Jew’s Mallow. In Egypt, the plant goes by Molukhyia.

The vegetable is known as a ´Super-Green’, as it’s filled with Vitamins A, C, E, K, calcium, magnesium and potassium. It’s said to help with digestion, vision and recovery. 

Keep reading to learn more about this incredible plant.

Molokhia characteristics

  • Molokhia is full of nutrients
  • It’s a very fast-growing plant
  • You can harvest the plant within 60-70 days after planting
  • It can reach 2 meters in height
  • It thrives in hot weather & full sun

What is Molokhia used for?

Molokhia is native to the Middle East and, for good reasons, one of the most popular vegetables in Egyptian cuisine. Recipes often date back to ancient times and even now, the same spices are used to prepare typical Egyptian dishes. The leaves are usually harvested green and the spine down the middle of the leaf is removed. The Super Green is then used raw in salads, cooked as a side vegetable or finely chopped with garlic and coriander and turned into a soup.

The Molokhia leaves are also dried and turned into a powder. This powder is stored and used in soups and stews.

How to grow Molokhia in your garden

Molokhia plants love hot water and full sun. The ideal temperature for the Molokhia plant is around 25 °C. Therefore, depending on the temperatures where you live, it’s recommended to start planting in late spring or even summer.

The easiest way to plant Molokhia is from seed. If you’re in a place with a hotter climate, you can start them directly in your garden. If the temperature is a bit lower, it can be better to start the seeds indoors. Egyptian Spinach can be sensitive to transplants. Therefore, when doing the latter, it’s best to grow the plant in containers or compostable seedling pots. 

Some tips:

  • Plant your Molokhia seeds in well-draining soil
  • Give the plant enough space to grow
  • Make sure to keep the soil moist
  • Cut the stems for a bushier plant


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