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Gabriela Waschewsky Gabriela Waschewsky created an event for Edible Plant Project (.org).
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Brian MonkeySoul Stanton We need more volunteer leaders, interns to help newbies. Anyone available Saturdays? The bus does not run Sundays, and many people have family, church obligations. I can help train to start off.02.05.2015 at 04:46 pmLike
Brian MonkeySoul Stanton Forage and post public fruit locations! Mulberries and loquats are abundant right now. Edible geocache :)
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Annette Gilley I have loved hunting for things on this map. I don't know how to add or delete things from the map, but i know the white yams listed near SW 8th St are gone because they are building apartments there.30.04.2015 at 06:18 am1Brian MonkeySoul Stanton Thanks, Michael Adler ironically helped removed those I think. He used to lead forage events there. I forgot to update, thanks. I can edit our version, but I think you can log in to theirs and edit also.30.04.2015 at 02:28 pm1view 2 more commentsMichael Adler Yeah haha. I got a job spraying them. They didn't die, but you probably don't want to eat them30.04.2015 at 09:15 pm1Texotic Fruit Orchard The feijoa flowers should be blooming now. The petals are like popcorn that tastes like sweet cinnamon. They are a very popular landscaping bush. The petals taste best when they get softer. You can remove them and it will still produce fruit if you do not remove the stamen. at 10:57 pm
Nancy Hendler Does anyone recognize these dishes? They have been here for quite a while and we'd like to return them to their owner.
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Michael Adler Those are EPP's dishes for when we have snack time. We have to wash them before using them each time, because we have no way of keeping them clean.27.04.2015 at 01:12 am2Nancy Hendler Thank you Michael!27.04.2015 at 01:18 am
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Crystal Hartman Crystal Hartman created an event for Edible Plant Project (.org).
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Crystal Hartman I will also be at the nursery Thursday April 23 from 4-6 if anyone wants to pop in.22.04.2015 at 06:14 pm1Nancy Hendler I plan on coming.22.04.2015 at 07:06 pm1


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.

More photos on Flickr:
More information, including recipes:

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.

    FYI for nutrition

  • 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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