By Chrissy Arthur
Posted Thu Oct 22, 2009 9:21am AEDT
* Map: Charleville 4470
A south-west Queensland mayor says spinach growing among flowers in the main street of Charleville has become a great tourist attraction.
The Murweh Shire Council has planted several vegetables among its garden beds to try and achieve a 'greener' look during dry times.
Mayor Mark O'Brien says it has become a talking point and people have been known to sample the display.
"They are actually vegetables and it's not just spinach, there are a number of them as I understand," he said.
"They just don't have the vegetable part, it's just the leaf part so they're not really edible, although they tell me the spinach is edible.
He says it is sometimes difficult to deter tourists from picking the spinach and it is not something he has heard of before.
"Tourists actually have been known to pick it and take it back to the caravan park and cook it up," he said.
"The number of tourists that pull us up in the street and say, 'is that like a communal garden patch or something?'
"It actually is just the leaves of the vegetables but they are really green and when you drive into town it's a really lovely aspect to look at because of how healthy they look."