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Nalta Jute

Jute, Nalta (Jews mallow)

Tiliaceae Carchorus olitorius L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

These are tropical herbs, grown both for the jute fibers obtained from the bark and for the young shoots, used as pot herbs. Plants reach 10 to 12 feet in height with slender stems branched only at the top. It is grown in many tropical and subtropical areas as a garden vegetable. Leaves are used much as in spinach.

Season, planting to first harvest for food: 3 to 4 months.

Production in U.S.: No data. Limited to Puerto Rico and Hawaii.

Use: As pot herb, or sometimes in salad.

Part of plant consumed: Young leaves.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch