Despite its exotic name, bele is a common food plant. It is most commonly grown in tropical areas, including the Pacific Islands. In addition to being used as a vegetable, it is also cooked in coconut milk and fish. Despite its widespread use in the Pacific Islands, bele is easy to grow. It is propagated easily from ten to twenty centimeters long cuttings, which should be half-buried in potting mix and kept moist. Plant cuttings are best placed 60 cm apart.
Abelmoschus Manihot, or bele spinach, is mallow related to the foxtail family.