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Katie Thomas I'm interested in volunteering whenever yall need help. Please keep me posted :)26.07.2015 at 02:48 pmLike
Nancy Hendler Katie Thomas, we will be there this Thursday from 5 - 7 pm, please come join us.29.07.2015 at 09:26 amKatie Thomas Okay thanks!29.07.2015 at 01:05 pmview 3 more commentsEdulis Exsto Crystal Hartman ...also her and Neil Cammardella are interested in leading future days including the elusive Saturday. They were great to work with this last Sat.31.07.2015 at 04:22 pm2Crystal Hartman Hi there! Please feel free to contact me at 352-214-8179. We will be hosting a work day this Sunday from 6-10 am. You're all welcome to come for any of that time you're available. Nancy Hendler will be hosting. Blessings.31.07.2015 at 04:47 pm3Nancy Hendler Katie Thomas, sent you a pm.01.08.2015 at 10:32 pm2
Crystal Hartman Edible Plant Project is in need of your help.
We need 3-4 people who can commit to one weekend day a month to run the weekend volunteer work days.

I have out of town family obligations on weekends and
See More cannot run the work days. This is currently our greatest need.
The nursery is beginning to decline due to lack of involvement.

We need your help.

Nancy Hendler has graciously agreed to run this Sunday (8-2) from 6 am to 10 am.

Nancy has been a major player for epp, but has heat restrictions, so let's pitch in and share the load.

PM me if you have one regular weekend day a month you could donate.See Less
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Tad DeGroat can Sat. or Fri31.07.2015 at 05:09 pmEvelyn Giansanti Reedy I guess that relieves me of my commitment on the last Sunday of the month.31.07.2015 at 05:59 pmview 2 more commentsCrystal Hartman Evelyn, I understand life gets crazy. No worries. When you are able, I want you back!!! <331.07.2015 at 08:08 pm1Nancy Hendler Tad DeGroat, sent you a pm.01.08.2015 at 05:50 pm
Annette Gilley Question - Does anyone know if we can grow plantains here in the G'ville area? I don't see them listed for sale at local nurseries or even from Just Fruits.15.07.2015 at 06:45 pmLike
Edulis Exsto The green native plant or the banana like fruit?22.07.2015 at 12:00 pmAnnette Gilley The banana like fruit, for cooking.26.07.2015 at 04:03 amview 2 more commentsAnnette Gilley anybody know? Michael Adler ?28.07.2015 at 05:27 amMichael Adler I wouldn't try. Bananas don't do very well here, don't fruit most years. Plantains are really big bananas and probably take longer to grow than others, so less likely to work.28.07.2015 at 02:10 pm1
Becky Leppard Will you all be having your farmers market sale next month In August? . I would like to send my daughter who lives in Gainesville over to buy some plants for me since I live in Orlando. Thanks27.07.2015 at 05:43 pmLike
Nancy Hendler Becky Leppard, Your daughter can also come to the Greenhouse to purchase plants. There we have a larger selection than what we bring to the Farmer's Market each month.28.07.2015 at 07:52 am
Jd Pierce I've had a lot of trouble fighting this on my kaffir lime tree for quite some time. Spraying it with neem seemed to set the lime tree itself back for a while but perhaps I used too much. It's actuallySee More growing despite this problem, how can I help it?See Less
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Annette Gilley Serpentine Leaf Miner. Probably just wait for it to outgrow the damage.26.07.2015 at 04:01 am1
Aunt Maggi Can I use the picture of monarda punctata for the Herb Fest cover photo?24.07.2015 at 07:43 pmLike
Crystal Hartman Of course Aunt Maggi. Thanks for asking!24.07.2015 at 08:02 pmAunt Maggi thank you. :)25.07.2015 at 05:55 pm

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

pdf - Chaya Information Sheet (to print out)


3 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

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