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Chaya Plant

4.67 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
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$9.99

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Chaya (Cnidoscolus chayamansa) is nicknamed tree spinach but that’s kind of like calling iceberg lettuce spinach. Chaya contains more than twice as much protein, calcium, Vitamin C, iron, fiber and caronteniods as spinach, according to a USDA report  published through Purdue University.

It’s also much easier to grow. It’s a dietary staple on the semi-arid Yucatan Peninsula but also thrives in Florida’s hot, rainy summers. We grow both hog chaya, which has larger leaves, and the more decorative species with smaller, deeply serrated leaves and pretty white flowers that attract butterflies. Please let us know if you have a choice, otherwise we’ll ship the species we have most of at the time.

Like many tropical plants (including spinach to a lesser degree), chaya contains hydrocyanic glucosides in its leaves. Cooking the leaves inactivates the toxic compound.

In colder climates they grow well in a sunny window, although you’ll want to put it outside once temperatures are consistently above freezing. They’ve come back from the ground with temperatures as low as the mid-20s but they’re among the first plants to lose their leaves when it gets near 30 degrees.

Since chaya is the only plant we grow that isn’t an important part of the Ayurvedic medical tradition, here’s a link to a report from the National Institute of Nutrition in Mexico City, including a breakdown on the compounds in chaya. (Of course, the medical statements they make are not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and Neem Tree Farms does not sell products which are intended to treat, diagnose or prevent diseases.)

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Weight .8 lbs

3 reviews for Chaya Plant

  1. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Our Chaya arrived in beautiful condition, and is doing quite well! Thank you!

  2. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    My plants were a good size, with well established roots and were easy to transplant due to the type of container in which they arrived. So far, so good. The provided growing instruction are helpful. I can’t wait to harvest, I hope it tastes as delicious as the chaya we ate/drank in Mexico.

  3. 4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    One Plant was good and one was bad

    • :

      Hi Julie,

      Was it damaged in shipping? All the chaya in the greenhouse looks great this year? Please send photos and we’ll replace the one that doesn’t look good.

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