Chaya or Tree Spinach, is a large, fast-growing leafy perennial shrub that is believed to have originated in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. The plants were highly prized by ancient Mayans. (Hence the nickname, the Mayan Miracle Plant).
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!
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|Ascorbic Acid (mg/100g)||164.7||48.1|
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WIKIPEDIA FACTS about Chaya
HOW MUCH SUN: Keep plant moist but not too wet. Within a few weeks you should see fresh leaves sprouting. Chaya loves the sun. The sunnier the better! Don’t let the roots get too soggy. Chaya plants thrive in semi sandy soil and sunny tropical climates. Chaya is cold sensitive and may not do well outdoors in cold climates. Bring your plants indoors during threat of freezing or frost. Unless you live in a subtropical zone, you may want to plant in pots and leave in sunny window or use a grow lamp.
WE VALUE YOUR FEEDBACK: 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 about three 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!
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 sandy organic 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 25 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.
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.
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WHEN IT ARRIVES: Your cuttings will be shipped in a small box. They will look like a bunch of sticks and some may have small green leaves. Don't be alarmed if there are no green leaves for a few weeks. Even woody cuttings can surprise you over time.
HOW TO PLANT: 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. Please note: If you have allergies to latex, do not handle Chaya plants!
AKA Tree Spinach, Mayan Miracle Plant or Chaya Chayamansa. Our plants are the Chayamansa, maple leaf shape, non stinging variety. Chaya is being studied for its natural plant based medicinal value for preventing diabetes, cardiovascular problems and many more diseases. It is highly recommended by experts as a leafy green Superfood Solution for World Hunger.
At Pure Life, we are extremely excited about the latest addition to our online shop. After 20 years of planting and cultivating this amazing plant, we are finally able to share it with the world! Please join us in helping to further research and spread the word about this healthy and sustainable superfood.
NEW! Groundbreaking Recent Research from 2017 !
Conclusion: Cnidoscolus chayamansa is not only a plant with high nutritional value; it also has important medicinal properties. It is clear that Cnidoscolus chayamansa possesses significant anti-inflammatory and cardioprotective activities.
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