Mexican Spinach - Chaya

Submitted by vegan camp on Sat, 05-30-2020 - 07:40

We grow and sell this plant at Lek & Greg Vegan Camp.

You need to boil it for 20 minutes to remove the cyanide. Please don't eat the chaya raw.

Component Chaya Spinach
Water (%) 85.3 90.7
Protein (%) 5.7 3.2
Fat (%) 0.4 0.3
Crude Fiber (%) 1.9 0.9
Total CHO (%) 4.2 3.8
Ash (%) 2.2 1.8
Calcium (mg/100g) 199.4 101.3
Phosphorus (mg/100g) 39.0 30.0
Potassium (mg/100g) 217.2 146.5
Iron (mg/100g) 11.4 5.7
Ascorbic acid (mg/100g) 164.7 48.1
Carotenoids (mg/100g) 0.085 0.014
Average nutritive valuey 14.94 6.38

Source: CHAYA By Dawn Berkelaar 2006

References

Cnidoscolus aconitifolius - also known as tree spinach (wikipedia)

Flavonoid and cyanogenic contents of chaya (spinach tree) (springer link)

Do all parts of a chaya plant contain hydrocyanic acid? (echocommunity.org)

For How Long Should Chaya Leaves be Boiled? (echocommunity.org)

Flavonoid and cyanogenic contents of Chaya (Spinach tree) (researchgate.net)