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.