Michael Adler Kayla Susan Sosnow is donating her shed to EPP, but we need to move it. I think maybe if enough people come help, we can pick it up and put it on a trailerSee More (and then take it off at EPP.) We're going to do this Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. Who can help?See Less
17.08.2014 at 08:10 pm
Michael Adler or we might just get professionals to do it. I'm going to call about prices for that tomorrow.17.08.2014 at 08:13 pm
Michael Adler I was thinking again how nice it would be to have our own tool/storage shed at EPP. Anyone interested in building one of these for us? We'll give youSee More lots of plants! http://www.homedepot.com/p/Arrow-Newport-8-ft-x-6-ft-Steel-Shed-NP8667/100119313See Less
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12.08.2014 at 09:26 pm
Kayla Susan Sosnow Michael Adler I would like to donate my shed to the Edible Plant Project. :-)16.08.2014 at 06:58 pm1Michael Adler YAY!!! Thank you! Also EPP can donate lots of plants to your new place when you're ready.16.08.2014 at 07:25 pm2
Aunt Maggi Unless this storm blows over quickly, don't think I will head back into town for the market. Sorry.13.08.2014 at 03:17 pm
Christopher Quire Interesting little article.
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12.08.2014 at 09:19 am
Andi Houston None of those are good choices for this area. Either too invasive or won't grow well.12.08.2014 at 11:39 pmAndi Houston Will tipuana tipu grow here?

http://growerjim.blogspot.com/2010/06/tipuana-tipu.html12.08.2014 at 11:41 pm
view 2 more commentsChristopher Quire It's more the approach and thought. This is a British site so choices will not work here. I meant to add that to the description.13.08.2014 at 05:26 amMichael Gaskin Fascinating and worthwhile project!13.08.2014 at 08:48 am
Michael Adler
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07.08.2014 at 07:54 pm
Miranda Castro i need you to trim my mulberries!!!09.08.2014 at 11:29 am
Michael Adler I'm probably going to collect mulberry cuttings and start them rooting on Thursday. Does anyone want to help?04.08.2014 at 09:59 pm


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: 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.


    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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