Bower Spinach

Tetragonia implexicoma

Tetragonia implexicoma


Common name

Bower Spinach

traditional use

Bower Spinach was a significant food source for theTasmanian Aboriginal people. The berries, which darken to near-black when ripe, were valued as a red dye, and were a sweet tasting snack or addition to a main meal.

Settlers cooked the succulent leaves like spinach and ate the fruit (Low, 1991).

part used

Leaves and fruits.


Leaves all-year-round.

flavour profile

Leaves are reminiscent to that of spinach and the edible fruit is salty-sweet (Low, 1991).


Use as a spinach substitute in dishes.