Tropical Crops

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Chaya/Tree Spinach


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These crops are frequently grown in tropical climates. With minimal upfront costs, they can be reproduced for consumption and sale. These links provide information on the various crops.

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Bella Online

The Bella Online website provides 2 recipes for preparing chaya, also known as tree spinach.

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Echo Technical Note

This downloadable PDF document details the tree spinach plant, with extensive references. Dr. Martin Price, co-founder of ECHO and head of ECHO’s Agricultural Resources Department, has said, “I would consider chaya to be one of the five most important underutilized food plants ECHO distributes.”

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Purdue University

This article, entitled Potential Nutritional and Health Benefits of Tree Spinach [Chaya], is from the horticulture department of Purdue University.

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Urban Harvest

A brief article on tree spinach, including how to grow and prepare it. It also includes 2 recipes.

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