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The Vegetable


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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