Chaya traditionally has been recommended for a number of ailments including diabetes, obesity, kidney stones, hemorrhoids, acne, and eye problems (Diaz-Bolio 1975). Chaya shoots and leaves have been taken as a laxative, diuretic, circulation stimulant, to improve digestion, to stimulate lactation, and to harden the fingernails (Rowe 1994). Source: Purdue University
AN AGRICULTURAL SUPPORT AGENCY TO THE WORLD. (ECHO exists to reduce hunger and improve the lives of small-scale farmers worldwide. )
Chaya out-performs most other green leafy vegetables nutritionally (Table 1). The leaves are very high in protein, calcium, iron, carotene and vitamins A, B and C.
|Crude Fiber (%)||1.9||0.9|
|Total CHO (%)||4.2||3.8|
|Ascorbic Acid (mg/100g)||164.7||48.1|
|Average nutritive value||14.94||6.38|
Chaya is cold sensitive. Bring your plants indoors during threat of freezing or frost. We appreciate hearing from our customers about their growing experiences because we are mainly familiar with growing in subtropical climates. If your plants don't produce leaves after a few weeks, let us know and we will replace them for you if you will pay for shipping. We want you to love them as much as we do and help spread the word!
Do not eat raw Chaya leaves! Experts recommend cooking raw leaves for at least 20 minutes in a non aluminum pot before eating. Cooking in aluminum may cause diarrhea. You can drink the broth or use in in soup if it has cooked at least 20 minutes. Best to cook uncovered.
Cooking is essential prior to consumption to inactivate the toxic components; in this chaya is similar to cassava, which also contains toxic hydrocyanic glycosides and must be cooked before being eaten. So, to play it safe, always cook your Chaya leaves in a non aluminum pot uncovered for at least 20 minutes. They are delicious and tender when cooked and you can season them any way you like!
About 20 years ago, we started planting cuttings from a small plant given to us by our adopted Grandmother from Panama. The rapidly growing plants created a natural living fence between our organic banana trees and provided shade and year round greenery. The sticks we planted thrived in our rich South Florida soil and over the years, we created a thick green privacy wall that has withstood hurricanes and frost and extreme heat.
Imagine how excited we were when we found out how unique and somewhat rare our Chaya trees were! Some of them are over 20 feet now! We are truly excited about sharing this Mayan Miracle with others that are interested in finding solutions for world hunger and holistic health and healing.
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Your cuttings will be shipped in a small box. They will look like a bunch of sticks because it's best not to ship with the leaves on. They will be wrapped in brown paper (no leaves included).
Plant fairly deep in dirt making sure to bury two or three knuckles. For best results, plant your cuttings with the “smile” on the knuckles pointing upward like a u (not frowning). This should position the sprouting leaves to point upward. Keep plant moist but not too wet. Within a few weeks you should see fresh leaves sprouting. Chaya loves the sun. You can experiment with rooting in water but don’t let the roots get too soggy. Some Chaya plants thrive in sandy soul.
Tree Spinach, Mayan Miracle Plant or Chaya Chayamansa. Our plants are the maple leaf shape, non stinging variety. Chaya is being studied for its natural plant based medicinal value for diabetics and as a leafy green Superfood Solution for World Hunger. (See excerpts from ECHO & Purdue University Research below.)
Chaya or Tree Spinach, is a large, fast-growing leafy perennial shrub that is believed to have originated in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico.
(Hence the nickname, the Myan Miracle Plant).
At Pure Life, we are extremely excited about our latest addition to our online shop.
After 20 years of planting and cultivating this amazing plant, we are finally ready to share it with the world!
Please join us in helping to further research and spread the word about this healthy and sustainable superfood.
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