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African Potato Mint
Also known as Kaffir Potato. This mint relative is grown for its potato-like tuber. These tubers can get very large, up to 4 lbs., are very high in protein, carbohydrate, iron and calcium. A so called “lost crop” of Africa that in fact is of immense value today! Thrives in hot and fairly dry conditions. Requires 6 months of warm to hot growing conditions to yield mature tubers.

Three OMRI #Organic plants will be available for drawing at tomorrow's event (will tag event when on computer). Original plant was from Timothy Noyes. Sharing the plant and will keep propagating it for EPP. Laura Halmuth this was the plant I brought for your SEWParty.
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TOMORROW NIGHT - Come on out and check out our NEW Home Propagation Project plants and 'Foster Parents'
Buy some plants - Sweet & Savory Sellabration
April 27th 5:00pm
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2017 Plant Sale & Spring Celebration

April 27, 2017, 5:00pm - April 27, 2017, 7:00pm

Come join us for the official kick off of the 2017 Spring season. Meet our very own Home Propagatio...

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I have an announcement to make--after waiting ALL winter. We finally have some peach seeds that germinated from last year's crop. This is a first! I have gotten everything else to germinate over the years but the peaches. Finally-success! ... See MoreSee Less

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2nd Wed Edible Plants Farmer's Market

April 12, 2017, 4:00pm - April 12, 2017, 7:00pm

"The EPP is taking the show on the road – As Usual! Jacquilne & Enio will be there from 4:00 unti...

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EPP & Healing Arts

April 29, 2017, 9:00am - April 29, 2017, 12:00pm

The Edible Plant Project presents The EPP Road Show Find Tad DeGroat at the Healing Arts Festival At...

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Chaya

Chaya or spinach tree or Tree Spinach (Cnidoscolus chayamansa) is actually about twice as nutritious as spinach. It is a good source of nutrients including protein, calcium, iron, potassium, and vitamin C. It is a fast growing dense shrub, native to Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. It grows to about 6-8 feet tall.

Soil: Tolerates most soil conditions, but might dislike acid. Liming and fertilizing should benefit Chaya. The leaves contain a lot of protein, calcium, and potassium, so the soil must have it for the plant to extract, if it is to be healthy. (Nitrogen to make protein)
Water: well to somewhat well drained. Tolerates brief flooding and droughts
Sun: full is best, tolerates shade
Cold: Can be killed by a hard freeze, but will usually resprout from the roots. Mulch the base to protect it.
Pruning: Unnecessary, but sometimes used to control height. Crowded internal branches can be removed for propagation or aesthetics.
Propagation: Easily propagated by stem cuttings.
Pests: none
Other problems: It can be slow to get going.

Harvesting, storage, and preparation: Most recommendations say not to harvest until the second year, because the plants are slow to establish before they can grow quickly. Our plants seem to take very quickly to our special potting mix. Never harvest more than 50% of the leaves, except from stems cut for propagation. Leaves must be cooked to release cyanide, which evaporates. Apparently aluminum cookware can cause a diarrhea-causing reaction with the cyanide compounds when cooking. We are not sure if this is true. On principle it’s wise to cook all fruits and vegetables in non-aluminum pans because of their high acidity.
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More photos on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/search?sort=relevance&text=Cnidoscolus%20chayamansa

More information, including recipes:

http://thematrix.sureste.com/cityview/merida2/articulos/chaya.htm (defunct – admin)

 

pdf – Chaya Information Sheet
(to print out)


5 comments to Chaya

  • Brian

    Hey everyone,
    So, I planted on of these at the Health Department in Belle Glade ~2 years ago. It’s about 5-6 ft now. I have not tried this until this weekend. I boiled it 2x, then I added them to some mashed potatoes. Not bad.

    For some reason, our ECHO link doesn’t work. This does.

    http://echotech.org/mambo/images/DocMan/Chaya07.pdf

    FYI for nutrition
    http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/proceedings1996/V3-516.html

  • Natalie L.

    I have one for 3 to 4 years that i started from cutting. it just grow by itself in poor sandy soil and part shade with very little watering. I use it like cooked spinach or collards greens and add in in soup or curry. tolarate light frost, drought.

  • Jeanne Ridings Delacruz

    A friend gave me a plant, 12 inches long. I planted in poor soil but building it up. It grew to 6 feet. The branches easily break. I just make a hole and plant them all over, here and there. So far 4 are growing. They do not take much room and are delicious. I mix my greens and cook in coconut milk and spices, so good. Thank you for the pictures and the name. I did not know. The samoan people love this and eat a lot. Aloha from hawaii Jeanne

  • LORETTE

    Just a note there is a pest that likes the spinach tree. I had a hornworm on it and it ate all the leaves! I got rid of it and the plant came back even more full of leaves. This is in Melbourne, Florida

  • It has been a few years.I have chaya growing everywhere,so much.will now be trying to cook some.amazing.jeanne delacru

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