A native of Asia, the Malabar Spinach is an edible perennial that is rich in iron, antioxidant betacarotenes, Vitamins A and C, and fiber. Its leaves are thick and mucilageous, and can be eaten raw or cooked into stir fries, soups, and vegetable dishes. For this reason, it is a staple in many Asian countries, grown as a household vine that can be harvested as needed. Malabar Spinach likes hot weather and sun, along with rich composted soil. In subtropical climates, it can grow from spring to fall, but cold weather will slow down growth.