Experience with the Chaya Plant in Kenya

Growth of Chaya in Different Climates

Is There a Market for Moringa Products for Small-Scale Farmers?

Green Leaf Extract

Velvet Bean (Mucuna pruriens)

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Experience with the Chaya Plant in Kenya

Kristin Davis

Chaya is sometimes dubbed "the spinach tree." It is a fast growing drought and disease-resistant shrub that provides large quantities of edible, very nutritious leaves.

Growth of Chaya in Different Climates

In EDN Issue 72, we asked readers how chaya grows in various climates; whether or not it is accepted locally as a green vegetable; and if so, how it is usually prepared and served. Thank you to those of you who responded! We received reports from many different countries. Chaya has been found to grow remarkably well in a wide variety of climates.

Is There a Market for Moringa Products for Small-Scale Farmers?

Martin L. Price

Lately we have received a number of letters wanting to know about marketing moringa products. In particular, several farmer groups in Uganda have written to say that they are growing a considerable number of moringa trees and now are asking us where to sell the products.

Green Leaf Extract

Denise van Wissen

Green leaf extract has an extremely high protein content and has an intense green color.

Velvet Bean (Mucuna pruriens)

Grace Ju

In 1997 Milton Flores with CIDICCO in Honduras provided our seedbank with seed for a bush velvet bean that is being grown widely in Brazil. We have grown and distributed this bush velvet bean on a limited scale since that time, and now are offering it to our network.

Chaya

Dawn Berkelaar

Chaya is considered to be one of the five most important food plants ECHO distributes.It achieves this rank because of its ability to thrive in both arid and rainy regions, its little need for care or extra fertility, its lack of insect or disease pests, and its exceptional nutritional value.”