Mexican Spinach - Chaya

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We would love to have visitors, but because of the Covid situation we can't. The vegan camp is situated in a village community where the fear of Covid is high, sorry and hope to see you another time.

Take care.

Submitted by vegan camp on Sat, 2020-05-30 - 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.

Check out our sister site InLi Kasat Farm for more info about health benefits and spray dried chaya powder.

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


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? (

For How Long Should Chaya Leaves be Boiled? (

Flavonoid and cyanogenic contents of Chaya (Spinach tree) (