Michael Adler Let's have a chayote festival! We'll get together and bring/cook lots of chayote themed recipes, and eat them and celebrate the abundance. Who's in?See More Who can host? EPP can supply the chayotes.See Less16.11.2014 at 09:37 pm
Karen Epple Can we do it as part of the Earthskills event on 12/7? One issue how the pick-up of the chayotes could be coordinated beforehand? I know the chayotes have a finite shelf life. I hate to see them go to waste. I assume you may give some to the food banks or St Francis House. I understand Woody Blue is coordinating the food for that event.22.11.2014 at 06:05 pmJoni Ellis NO, that day is full of activities and I do not to add more chaos to the activities already planned. There is a food procurement committee that is coordinating all the food donations. Woody is involved, so is Sarah, Gabrieala, PJ, Joe, and several others. There are spreadsheets to keep track of who is donating what. Keep the chayote fest separate please. they don't need processing for the gathering, they will keep just as they are.23.11.2014 at 07:39 am1view 3 more commentsJoni Ellis In addition, EPP is on the schedule for the Dec 7th event to have an open house like education session. I expect people will want to walk around and ask questions about edible plants, and make purchases of plants. I do not want to take away from that. Sorry if I sounded a bit kurt in the message above, I just don't others reorganizing the festival we already put so much time into organizing. I do appreciate the interest in helping. Michael will need help on Dec 7th to talk to folks and make sales. Please do volunteer on that day.23.11.2014 at 07:45 am3Karen Epple Cool, it will be interesting to see what all the creative cooks will prepare with them!23.11.2014 at 02:45 pmKaren Epple Didn't mean to cause a distraction. My enthnthusiasm can get ahead of me, sometimes Looking forward to the whole day!.23.11.2014 at 02:48 pm
Joni Ellis I need volunteers to help move the planters in the front of the Co-op ASAP. The city is going to install nice bike racks and benches early December. WhoSee More can help and when? Please call me 352-262-7300 or text me with your ability to help. Thanks a bunch.See Less20.11.2014 at 06:03 pm
Michael Adler Can anyone help move plants into the greenhouse tomorrow afternoon and back out the next day or two? I just thought of lots of things that aren't quiteSee More dormant yet, and might not like a freeze this hard this early.See Less18.11.2014 at 12:18 am
Michael Adler You can take home chayotes and Pigeon peas18.11.2014 at 12:25 amEllen Cunningham Possibly Thursday afternoon. Give me a call if you're still at it.18.11.2014 at 10:18 pmview 3 more commentsMichael Adler thanks Ellen! can you come by after work? I'm not sure when we"ll finish up but maybe 4:30 or 5:30?19.11.2014 at 08:50 pmEllen Cunningham I should be there by 2:30 ish -19.11.2014 at 10:02 pmMichael Adler I probably won't be able to join you that early. Do you mean you'll be available? I'll try to call20.11.2014 at 12:12 am
Michael Adler request for interviewees:

So EPP grows a lot of plants that are popular in various places around the world that are not here. We try to promote useful
See More edible plants that grow well here, and need promotion because many people around here are not familiar with them. Sometimes we meet people from places where our plants are popular, and they're often very happy to become re-acquainted with them. We are looking for such people for interviews for a story on WUFT.

I've been talking with Maleeha with WUFT. She wants to do a story on EPP, and wants to do it from the angle I just described. If this sounds like you, please call or email Maleeha at 850-319-3278 and maleeha.babar@gmail.comSee Less
13.10.2014 at 08:45 pm
Noelle S. Ward I'm in!!!!!13.10.2014 at 09:10 pmMichael Adler cool. Which plants connect you with your cultural traditions?13.10.2014 at 09:26 pmview 8 more commentsNoelle S. Ward Well being a whitebread Florida girl with a heart in the islands, I would say finding sorrel and learning how to grow it and use it and lemongrass for my love of many uses. My cultural traditions probably would not fit into this story but I'm a big fan of EPP!13.10.2014 at 09:40 pm1Lara MacGibbon We appreciate the unique selection EPP offers. My partner, (farm hand at Frog Song) is from Dominica in the Carribean. He has a strong connection to sorrel and caliloo.. plus many others.13.10.2014 at 10:53 pm1Michael Adler Is he interested in contacting the reporter?13.10.2014 at 11:06 pm1Lara MacGibbon Yes, I forwarded her information to him.13.10.2014 at 11:43 pmEdulis Exsto By when? If she wants a good story, it should have notice. This is the first I heard.
Eing and Sam? Maybe also Veronica?14.10.2014 at 01:26 pm
Maleeha Babar Hi Lara - I sent you an email a while ago. I don't think you received it due it going into the 'other' folder. Would you be interested in doing an interview via phone or email tonight?19.11.2014 at 03:40 pm1Maleeha Babar Could you give me a call tonight or whenever you're free?19.11.2014 at 06:34 pmMiranda Castro love to - we'll be available middle of next week if that's not too late19.11.2014 at 06:58 pm
Karen Epple I missed the plant sale, worked late. Do you have any chayote left? I would love some to eat and some to plant.15.11.2014 at 06:56 pm
Michael Adler lots, want to come by the nursery tomorrow?15.11.2014 at 06:57 pmKaren Epple Probably, I have an anti-fracking meting at 2. When will you be there. I didn't see a work day posted tomorrow.15.11.2014 at 06:59 pmview 7 more commentsMichael Adler should have a volunteer group coming. I might be there as early as 1, but not sure, since the group isn't getting there till 2. Sun goes down around 5:30 lately.15.11.2014 at 07:01 pmKaren Epple The meeting goes until 5, I can come by at 1, if you are there. Can you let me know via FB? Will you be picking them ahead of the freezes Tuesday and Wed? I can pick them up and leave money with Joni, if you want to leave some, or write a check. I could use a dozen.15.11.2014 at 07:06 pmMichael Adler wonderful. I'll try to get there at 1. I will likely try to pick as many as I can reach Tuesday.15.11.2014 at 07:09 pmKaren Epple Okay, I ordered a picker on a pole, but don't have it yet. I hear a Gatorade bottle can be creatively engineered as a picker, too.15.11.2014 at 07:11 pmKaren Epple Thanks.15.11.2014 at 07:11 pmMichael Adler Are you coming?16.11.2014 at 01:20 pmKaren Epple Thanks for the beautiful chayotes.16.11.2014 at 05:55 pm1
Michael Adler That's not coming out in one piece. .. Hey squirrel, I've got one for you.
16.11.2014 at 01:31 pm

Katuk


Katuk aka Sweet Leaf Bush (Sauropus androgynus) is a staple vegetable in Borneo where it grows as an understory tree in the lowland rainforests.

Soil:
Reported to tolerate acid soils, our soil is circum-neutral and they like it. We recommend lime just in case.
Water: Needs plenty, can tolerate brief flooding. Cannot tolerate dry.
Sun: Prefers shade, but can probably tolerate full sun if given plenty of water.
Cold: Will freeze in the winter, but should come back from the stump.
Pruning: Keep pruned to 3-6 feet tall.
Propagation: Easily propagated by cuttings of older wood stems. Strip the leaves and stick it in the ground in the shade. It probably needs cross pollination to produce seeds and all our plants are clones of one individual.
Pests: None known.
Other problems: Tends to grow tall and lanky and then fall over. Growth slows in the winter and the taste is poor until it resumes vigor with warm weather.

Harvesting and preparation:
The leaves and flowers have a pea like flavor. In Borneo, it is often fertilized and irrigated under shade to produce fast growing tips that are very similar to asparagus. According to  it should probably be cooked, though it is also eaten raw.
It has a pleasant peanut-like taste when eaten raw and the cooked leaves taste excellent as spinach. The plant is sold everywhere in Malaysia and nearby countries, where it is grown as an edible hedge. Malaysian scientists have developed a technique for forcing the shoot tips to grow extra long and tender by applying plenty of manure, water and (sometimes) shade. The 5-inch shoot tips (locally called “sayor manis”) are sold to upscale restaurants and also exported to Japan, and possibly elsewhere, as “tropical asparagus.” I ate these in a hotel in Malaysia and they were outstanding. The chef stir-fried them for one minute.

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See also:
http://www.eattheweeds.com/edible-katuk-sauropus-androgynus-2/
http://www.herbsarespecial.com.au/free-herb-information/sweet-leaf.html
http://pixen.wordpress.com/2007/03/09/pak-wan-leaves-pak-whan-pa/
https://www.flickr.com/search?sort=relevance&text=Sauropus%20androgynus

Cecilia’s Notes
… October 9th 2011

  1.  Originally from Borneo its natural habitat is as an understory shrub. It grows in the tropical rain forest, where 120” of rain a year was the average. It prefers a hot, humid climate.
  2. Prefers partial shade, with ample irrigation. Able to withstand some temporary flooding.
  3. Grows 6 – 7 ‘ tall, but will get spindly and fall over if allowed to get this tall. Best if kept pruned between 3 – 6 ‘ tall.
  4. Can be grown as a hedge, and will produce well for you if pruned regularly. Prolific grower.
  5. Prefers a pH of 7, but will tolerate acid soils..
  6. Will die back in the winter in N. Central Florida, but will usually return in the Spring, unless confronted with a very cold winter.
  7. It is known as tropical asparagus and can be eaten raw or cooked (like spinach). Its raw flavor is reminiscent of fresh peas or peanuts.
  8. It’s among a few flora containing Vitamin K.
  9. Said to increase breast milk in nursing mothers.
  10. Plants are easy to propagate from cuttings. It is more difficult to propagate from seeds. It could take up to 6 months for seeds to germinate.
  11. The nutritional value of Katuk is impressive. The following compares its nutritional values with that of Spinach. Actual quantity per ½ cup serving of fresh leaves.
Spinach % Daily Value USDA, 2000 Calorie Diet
Protein: 4.9 g Katuk – 0.43 g: 9.8% Katuk / 0.9% Spinach
Calcium: 51 mg Katuk – 15 mg: 5.1% Katuk / 1.5% Spinach
Iron: 2.7 mg  Katuk – 0.4 mg: 15% Katuk / 2.3% Spinach
Vitamin A: 1122 IU - Katuk 1407 IU: 22% Katuk / 27.6% Spinach
Vitamin C: 83 mg  Katuk – 4.2 mg: 138% Katuk / 7% Spinach

pdf – Katuk information sheet to print out. 

16 comments to Katuk

  • Marvin

    Thank you for the information. A friend just gave us a katuk plantlet and we are wanting to give it optimal growing environment. We live in the rainforest on upcountry slople of (Big Island, Hawaii) Kilauea Volcano, elevation 500m; subtropical with over 200″ rain annually.

    Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated, as our goals here are to propogate plants to help feed our island population. So far, in our six years here, we have developed green crops and fruit to feed ourselves well; with our (almost) total vegetarian diet, we have NOT purchased produce for over four years.

    Aloha, Marvijn

  • ChayaMan

    Leaf Miners a problem here in Central Florida (9b). Any solutions, anyone?

    Grows especially well when sprayed with Moringa oleifera leaf juice, diluted 1:36 with water as a foliar spray!

    Moringa spray = “Just Another of Nature’s Best-Kept Secrets!” :) Check it out!

  • I just recieved my first Katuk plant(4 cuttings) from a friend in our rare fruit club. I should be able to have some growing this summer.

  • Chacha Mantagge

    How can I get a katuk plant cuttings to grow?

  • This is from Michael:
    Katuk cuttings can be rooted as easily as most other rootable cuttings, using standard procedures.
    Getting them to do much growing afterwords is another story. They might just like it more tropical than we have in Gainesville.

  • Linda

    Does anyone know how I could get a cutting in Mexico. A friend of mine used to grow it but I
    do not know where to get it now???
    I am on the costalegre near Manzanillo, Colima
    Thanks.

  • hi patricia … i am not sure this link is a good one …. it takes you to an animal rights website ….

  • Mary Kay

    I am growing katuk on the east side of my deep-south Florida house. It didn’t grow much the first year, but with this summer’s EXTRA heavy rain (2013)it is really taking off! Lots of water may be the key to getting it to grow best. You might be able to get cuttings from Echonet.org if you email and ask for them.

  • Floria

    I am from Sarawak (East Malaysia) on the Island of Borneo but now living in Houston, TX. I bought some for veges.. from the Asian Stores here, tried to plant them few times but most were dead. Last year, I tried again, only 3 made it through the winter. Arrhh.. I love this veges. This year my friend from Florida sent me lots of stem cuttings. First batch, didn’t make it due to the extreme heat of summer we have here. Second Batch, about 10 came up and are now about 5-6 inches tall. What I am worried is that, they will die during the winter. :( How can I keep them alive for next year?

  • i don’t know floria … i suggest you post this comment on our facebook group wall – we have a lot of members and at least one of them may be able to answer your question: please join our group if you haven’t already done so! https://www.facebook.com/groups/edibleplantproject/

  • We also have trouble with the Katuk. We’re no longer promoting it. It doesn’t like the winters here and doesn’t like sun either. We keep ours in the shade. It often looks sickly, and we’ve taken to calling it “kaput.” It propagates well from cuttings, and seeds if they’re fresh enough. If you want them to survive the winter, you must make sure they don’t freze.

  • John

    Floria,

    Make sure your Katuk is planted in a well draining soil. If there is standing water during the cold, the root will rot. The roots are shallow and spreads wide. I too have it planted in Houston area. Once your plant matures, it will spread by roots. I don’t do anything special, it comes back every year from the stems and root. If you get died back from the freeze, wait till spring to cut back the dead stem. You want the mature stems, because it will grow back faster. These growth will be like a bush. From the root, you will get fast single young edible shoots. You will want to cut these when they are about 2 ft high to cause branching. The new plant from root can come up several feet away from the main plant. Since the root are shallow, you can put a border two inches into the ground to stop the spreading.
    Since yours are only 6 inches tall, I suggest you dig it up and put in a pot. The root will be shallow. They may not survive cold temperature and water. Put the plant in the garage from December to March. Don’t let the soil dry, but not wet either. Pretend it is a sponge. If you drop the pot, and water comes out, it is too wet. Our Houston area clay soil is near neutral pH, do not put lime in there. You will kill your plant.
    The trick in propagating Katuk is to use the most mature stems you can find. The stem you get at the grocery store is too young to get fast mature plants. Grow the plants in shade. That is usually the east side of your house wall during the summer. Water it everyday during the summer to keep the plant tender. If your plant does not live through the winter, let me know.

  • Lee

    Mary Kay– I also am in south Fla….my Katuk is doing ok in a pot …about 3 ft tall, but I want to grow more from cuttings. Have you used that process?…Do I just cut off a lower branch and place in wet soil in a pot? We are new to this..any suggestion would help.
    Thank you

  • John, Thanks so much for all the tips for propagating Katuk. I was given seven cuttings last fall and none of them rooted. I just bought two Katuk plants from Edible Plants and it looks like one of them is not leafing out but one of them has tiny little buds. I would love to have a whole hedge of Katuk since I really like the taste. Much better than Moringa but Moringa is much easier to propagate from seeds.

  • We grow katuk, have hundreds of plants. Every time I cut off a stem, I strip the leaves off, cut it into 3 pieces and stick it back in the ground. Leaf cutter ants loved it in the beginning and I guess they ate their fill, nothing bothers it now. We eat it as a spinach and raw as a salad, or just pick and eat. It goes into pasta, rice, stews, soups, sandwiches, eggs, stir fry, katuk pesto, into bread dough and on pizza…. Love it!!

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