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Callaloo

The Vegetable

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Combination of cut callaloo

Combination of cut Callaloo including Pak Choy

Photo by Cynthia Nelson

Callaloo is the name used in the Caribbean to refer to the green leafy vegetable - spinach. It is also used to refer the same leafy green vegetable, sometimes called bhajgee (bah-gee).

Callaloo is also the name of a very famous soup like stew made in Trinidad and Tobago.

Most countries in the Caribbean have their own versions of Callaloo. While for many countries, Callaloo is a type of soup, the soup varies from one country to the next. For example, Dominica is very famous of it's Crab and Callaloo Soup.

In a large country such as Guyana, Callaloo gets complicated because the country boasts a variety of spinach though collectively they are referred to as callaloo. For example, Chinese Pak Choy is marked and sold as a type of callaloo.

Shopping for Callaloo

Many markets and supermarkets sell the callaloo already picked from its stalks and bagged in one-pound packages.

In large open-air markets such as those in Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana, callaloo is sold on the stalks and in bundles. Each bundle consists of anywhere from 4 - 6 stalks of callaloo. When buying you're likely to buy 4 - 6 bundles that will yield a pound of callaloo once the leaves are removed from the stalks.

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