Also known as Molokheiya or Jute.
Multi-purpose vegetable can survive both dry and wet.
Related to hibiscus. Fresh leaves can be eaten as salad or cooked greens, and dried leaves can be used to thicken soups or for tea.
Regrows for multiple cuttings. Makes a nice potted plant-grows about 2' tall and bears yellow flowers if not clipped for food use.
The stems are the source of jute fiber for rope when fully mature. Loves heat.
BOTANICAL NAME: Corchorus olitorius
Seed is naturally green; is NOT treated. Start in flats or direct-sow fairly heavily then thin. Don't sow too deep-light helps germination. Plant out after danger of frost is past and soil is getting warm. Does best in good soil for rapid growth, so continue to give compost or nutrients-mulch will help keep soil moist. Cut tender top leaves continuously, or harvest whole plant and succession-sow.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: Annual/ W, H/Matures 10/Spacing 12"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : We have only recently realized that Jute fiber is from the plant we know as Egyptian Spinach. Start early, grow as close spacing (about a foot apart) and harvest mature plants forfiber. Loves hear and lots of water, humidity.