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Molokhiya, Jew’s mallow (Corchorus olitorius)
is a fast-growing annual is a relative of jute. It may have first been eaten by the ancient Hebrews, while in Egypt. It is also called jute, Egyptian spinach, Jews mallow, Jute mallow, or saluyot. It grows up to ten feet tall. The leaves are about 3 inches long, and have hair like appendages at the base. The green angular seeds are produced in small pods that burst open as they ripen. Space the plants 12-18 inches apart.

: The pH should be 6.1 to 7.5. It is reputed not to require much fertilizer or water, cialis acheter but is traditionally cultivated in fertile river deltas that are supplied with water from the river.

Water: It especially likes hot and wet conditions, and can probably tolerate waterlogging. It can handle some dryness also.

Sun: Full Sun.

Cold: This is a heat-loving warm-weather annual. Save seeds and plant again in spring.

Pruning: This is a continuous harvest vegetable, and several cuttings are possible. If you clip off the tops when you harvest, it will encourage branching.

Propagation: From seed; direct sow after last frost. You can also plant a bunch in a pot or tray and then separate them for transplanting. They transplant well. Collect seeds from pods that are nearly dry, but have not yet burst open, by clipping off the pods and drying in a paper bag.

Pests: Nematodes are a significant problem. Winter cover crops of mustard, or summer cover crops of sesame, both tilled in at the end of the season, might help nematode problems. Mixing crab-shell meal into the soil might also help.

Other problems: Leaves are small, and labor-intensive to remove from the stems. The tender branch tips can probably be cooked as well, and harvesting this part therefore reduces labor.

Harvesting, storage, and preparation: Young green leaves and shoots of this fast growing vegetable are picked for cooking, just like okra or spinach. They add flavor and viscous texture to soups and stews. Plants can also harvested and dried for later use. Dried leaves are used as soup thickener or jute tea. Matures in 10 weeks.

Additional information:

About Molakhiya | http://www.sarahmelamed.com/2010/07/the-incredible-journey-of-corchorus-olitorius/

Chicken & Molakhiya Recipe | http://www.paula-wolfert.com/recipes/chick_molokhia.html

Jute | http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jute



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