Gabriela Waschewsky Here's the invitation to the November Earthskills benefit party. DIY water catchment, fermentation demo, trade blanket, more skills sharing... Bring yourSee More instruments and join the jam!
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21.10.2014 at 06:59 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 5 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
Michael Adler I'm interested in an expensive tool to maintain our orchard. it's currently growing 7' tall weeds, bidens and other things. Once we get more trees inSee More there, it will be more complicated to keep under control, and we've completely failed at it this year. What I think would be the best tool for it is something Stihl calls a "power scythe." It's like a short hedge-trimmer at the end of a weed-whacker-like machine. It's part of their "kombi system", where the engine and attachments are sold separately, so that one engine can operate many kinds of tools. I'm also interested in their pole chainsaw and maybe a string trimmer would be nice. You can also get a small rototiller attachment. To get just the motor and power-scythe attachment is going to be $600. Other brands sell similar tools for cheaper, but I know Stihl makes quality products, and I'm suspicious about the cheap ones. What do you think? Is this a worthwhile investment for us? EPP has plenty of cash right now.See Less05.10.2014 at 10:15 pm
Craig Hepworth How big is the area that needs to be maintained?06.10.2014 at 09:12 amFaith Carr Yes. No qualifiers. Good professional equipment is always worth the extra cost when there is years worth of work ahead. A trial crop or first timer stuff? No. You've been at this long enough to have 'earned' the right to quality tools that will promote quality product. Of couse, that's just my opinion.06.10.2014 at 12:00 pm3view 21 more commentsJohn Harris I haven't seen your property. I do know all the Florida weeds but, unless your06.10.2014 at 01:04 pmJohn Harris talking about two acres or more- I'd hand pull. save the cash for new whatevers- transportation. Just depends a mature weed is like Oct. you'd use the equipment in the month of Oct. right? for a few hours and then you'd be finished for the year....06.10.2014 at 01:06 pm2Michael Adler The orchard area is maybe 1/10 acre. We also have the area around the nursery to maintain and our annual gardens. The orchard is not the sort of area that is kept weed-free. It will have a ground cover that needs mowing, but won't likely be able to fit a mower between things. I did hand-pull a little this year, around some of the plants, but it wasn't enough. It's got 7' tall bidens and sickle-pod and everything is swarming with morning glory and clematis vines. We've got some laurel cherry I'm trying to kill off too. At least I did pull out all the ragweeds. We could hand-pull the tall stuff if we could find anyone who wants to get covered in bidens seeds in the sun every week when it's 100 degrees out. Actually, if we had someone willing to do that, we've got other things I'd prefer them work on. I was just trying to cut some of the morning glories off some crop plants last Sunday and it didn't go well. We need to just keep it mowed so it doesn't get like that.06.10.2014 at 06:18 pm2Michael Adler I do sort of wish I had more work for these tools in order to justify them, at the same time not really wanting more work.06.10.2014 at 06:28 pm1Michael Adler Susan, are you using the adjustable angle hedge trimmer or the power scythe?06.10.2014 at 06:41 pmMichael Adler It seems silly to get such nice expensive tools for such a small amount of work, but on the other hand, the work needs to get done, and without the tools, I cannot envision it getting done. Perhaps once we have the tools, we'll find more things to use them for, but then, I thought the same thing about my chainsaw, and it mostly sits in the shed. I'm still glad I have the chainsaw for the few times I need it. At least we'll need to use this one every week or two during the summer, though I'm still not sure we actually will. Then the capacity to take down larger diameter and woody things will come in handy.06.10.2014 at 06:44 pmCoral Mac Donald I believe I have a ph number of a lady who has one for sale...message me if you are interested in a Scythe... ;)06.10.2014 at 07:28 pmMichael Adler meh. I already bought one and it needs a new handle and a lot of work on the blade. It's also not useful in tight spaces.06.10.2014 at 07:29 pmCoral Mac Donald K...Yeah..my hands are MONSTER from this issue ,as I deal with it in several yards. I FOOLY understand ... Turn the music up & slow cook some chili~06.10.2014 at 07:31 pmRobert Karl Hutchinson To keep these small engines running, you have to use ethanol-free gas (available from a handful of vendors locally) and you must run the carburetor dry at the end of each work day and empty the tank if it will sit more than a month. Every time I don't do this on my Stihl saws, trimmers, etc., they become unreliable at starting/running.06.10.2014 at 07:54 pm1Song Weaver goats are cheap! :)06.10.2014 at 08:01 pmPaul Best Actually goats are kinda pricey right now. Wish they weren't I could use a herd. Plus they need to be wormed all the damned time.06.10.2014 at 08:06 pmMichael Adler goats cannot be instructed on what to eat and what not to.06.10.2014 at 08:07 pm2Coral Mac Donald For the price of a goat... in Alachua Not unapproachable...The keep could prove to be taxing.06.10.2014 at 08:57 pmCoral Mac Donald http://gainesville.craigslist.org/search/sss?query=goats&sort=rel06.10.2014 at 08:57 pmAnnette Gilley Having seen the orchard tangle, I would say go for the good tool to tackle it. It will save you SO much time every year on that area alone, but you will probably find other uses for it as well.06.10.2014 at 10:19 pm2Faith Carr Here's a thought - might raise some moola for EPP too. Maybe offer it's use (with you to operate) for those of us needing that sort of work but in an even smaller way... The Tool Library idea has been kicked up again...07.10.2014 at 07:47 amFaith Carr Is this the main unit you're talking about?:http://www.stihlusa.com/products/multi-task-tools/homeowner-kombisystem/ WITH THIS ATTACHMENT? http://www.stihlusa.com/products/multi-task-tools/accessories/kombisystem-attachments/fhpower/07.10.2014 at 07:50 amMichael Adler yes, that's it. About lending... I don't trust anyone else to use them correctly properly. This isn't a shovel. I'm always seeing people abusing chainsaws, so I don't think I'm going to be lending this to anyone.07.10.2014 at 11:44 pm2Faith Carr Hence the reason a tool lending library ain't gonna happen. I agree with you. Heck I break my own stuff often enough08.10.2014 at 08:37 amDeborah Aldridge I feel like it would be a good investment, since it can use several different attachments for other uses. As the orchard grows, you will surely need the pole saw attachment and the string trimmer may actually keep the weeds from getting out of hand.12.10.2014 at 06:52 am
Maria Minno Saturday is the Earthskills sharefest at The Brew Spot, where there will be workshops on permaculture, edible plants, fermentation, home remedies, historicalSee More handicrafts, and more, plus local bands and performances in the evening.

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09.10.2014 at 05:02 pm
Joni Ellis We are having a house concert on Friday at 6 pm with a light dinner and then amazing music by Moors and McCumber from Colorado & Wisconsin. We traveledSee More to Ireland with them recently. Please consider attending, we will have First Magnitude beer, no GMO grain! $20 or best donation you can make. I need folks to show up for this. I want to support this band. Thanks ~ JoniSee Less08.10.2014 at 03:26 pm
Maria Minno This is a description for the food procurement position for the Florida Earthskills Gathering. Please share, and contact Willy TheLosen or Wren if youSee More are interested in the position.

On Friday, October 3, 2014 3:03 PM, Terisa Shoumate (terisa.shoumate@gmail.com) wrote:

Hi, please consider sending this job description to those you know in the Gainesville area who are well connected with local farms (perhaps connected to Farmers Market?) and have an interest in supporting the Florida Earthskills Gathering. Thank you!

Warm Regards,
Wren

Food Purchase and Donation Procurement:
This role begins immediately. Set up orders from farms in advance so they have time to grow the items we would like, raise pigs, etc. Procure donations (research tax deduction possibility) and discounts/best cost for quality produce, from local farmers. Explore possibility of produce from farms in warmer regions of Florida (Tampa area). Also ask local stores/ supermarkets for donations, take notes about donation requirements for next year (Stores may need certain forms or to know in advance). Create a Google doc with info from all potential donors including contact info, contact person’s name, and requirements such as deadlines, etc. Keep detailed notes on how the process unfolds with each potential donor. Take requests from Head Cook/ Kitchen Manager for food items and see that they are procured, and brought to the site pre-event or during event as needed. Compensation $300, free admission and 2 free guests to the 2015 gathering. Must have reliable transportation that can accommodate large coolers and boxes of produce.
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08.10.2014 at 07:58 am
Michael Adler I'd like to discontinue a few plants that EPP has been growing. The Chester and Dirkson thornless blackberries have never performed well at the nurserySee More and I don't want to sell people stuff that isn't going to grow fruit. I'd like to give all those plants away to volunteers who want to see if they can get them to work, so we should figure out a way to equitably distribute them to volunteers. Also, we've had the first fruits from our Australian fuzzy raspberries and I decided they're not worth our time to grow. They are also large and aggressive. Some of the berries taste nice, but they are full of the hair-like dried pistils from the flower, and that gives it an unpleasant texture. We have not sold those because we were building up our inventory, but I'd like to stop doing that and sell what we've got.See Less05.10.2014 at 07:52 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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