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Crystal Hartman Shout out for volunteer coordinator(s) for this Sunday (Jan 31, 12-4) and future Sundays.

I am usually unable to host the Sunday volunteer days and EPP is in need of a few volunteer coordinators who can
See More run the show. We want to keep the Sunday thing going, so please contact me if you are available regularly once or twice a month. Norm has graciously agreed to do the second Sunday of each month.
352-214-8179

We are grateful for any time you can give.See Less
28.01.2015 at 03:40 amLike
Crystal Hartman Oh, Lyndall has also offered to do a Sunday or two a month, and she just did one a couple weeks ago. Thanks Lyndall!28.01.2015 at 03:54 am
Crystal Hartman This is so very important! <3
27.01.2015 at 02:12 amLike
Miranda Castro hey Crystal - shall we do something?!
26.01.2015 at 05:17 pmLike
Crystal Hartman Having a crazy not great day. I will look at this ASAP and get back to you. <326.01.2015 at 06:43 pm1Miranda Castro no pressure - i'm not back yet ... :-)26.01.2015 at 07:31 pm
Judah Cordovano Hi, I'm new to the group. Where is your nursery and when is it open?26.01.2015 at 05:05 pmLike
Crystal Hartman Hi Judah Cordovano. Here is a link for directions. We are open Thursdays 4-6 and Sundays 12-4 regularly. I am available to meet by appointment as well. Please feel free to call me 352-214-8179. Welcome to the group!26.01.2015 at 07:12 pm1Crystal Hartman http://edibleplantproject.org/nursery/directions/26.01.2015 at 07:12 pm1
Crystal Hartman Remember to stop on by the EPP nursery anytime between 12 and 4 tomorrow (Sunday). We will be propagating stuff. I will be hosting this one. There are a lot of you out there and I am looking forward toSee More meeting you and seeing some already familiar faces.See Less25.01.2015 at 03:44 amLike
Brian MonkeySoul Stanton At the shop until 6am and now busy. See u around.25.01.2015 at 07:13 pm1
Crystal Hartman Reminder that TODAY from 4-6 is family and youth volunteer day out at the EPP nursery. I have 3 youngins' to contribute!22.01.2015 at 04:51 pmLike
Annette Gilley Was fun to help - plus now I know how to divide blackberries! Your youngins are great workers -btw.24.01.2015 at 06:32 am2Crystal Hartman Thanks Annette. I am very blessed with great youngins! You forgot your horsemint so I think you have to come back Noe, ya hear? I will keep it for you.24.01.2015 at 02:54 pm1

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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