Saluyot Plant (Corchorus Olitorius)

Saluyot (Corchorus olitorius) Jute plant or Jew's Mallows with a young flower ready to blossom.
Saluyot (Corchorus olitorius) Jute plant or Jew's Mallows with a young flower ready to blossom. | Source

The saluyot plant, as we call it in the Philippines is known to others as Jew's mallow, or the jute plant. Jute is commonly grown in the Philippines as a vegetable. The plant grows for up to 6 ft. in height with alternate leaves. The saluyot, is well known specially to the Ilocano people as the jute or saluyot leaves is an ingredient to the Ilocano dish, dinengdeng which is a dish composed of all other kinds of vegetables.

Growing up to 6 ft., jute is an annual, erect plant. They do well on containers too. In fact, the jute plant photo above was planted in a container. The plant likes the warm weather but would be damage by severe drought and cold weathers.

Jute leaves are smooth, and thin and it is the leaves that is consumed. I have never tried or haven't heard of the fruit being included in cooking. One similarity it shares with okra is the saluyot leaves being slimy once cooked.

Sauteed jute leaves and long beans in soy sauce.
Sauteed jute leaves and long beans in soy sauce. | Source

Cooking with jute (saluyot) leaves:

As said, the jute leaves are often one of the vegetables in Ilocano dish dinengdeng. The dish is a healthy eat, a mixture of other vegetables as such eggplant, taro roots, okra, bitter melon, and other vegetables such as kalunay too can be added, according to one's choice or to replace another missing vegetable on the dish.

Other than that, the jute leaves can be:

* Sauteed.

= Sauté saluyot leaves with your choice of other vegetables. At home, we sauté jute leaves with long beans, a quick and easy viand for the day or when in a hurry.

= Or it can be sauteed with bamboo shoots.

In other countries, the jute leaves is also consumed.

* In Thailand, the saluyot or jute leaves is eaten with plain rice congee after being blanched.

* It is also usually used in stew in Nigerian cuisine.

* When dried, the leaves can be made into a herbal tea.


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An open ute flower.Unopened jute flower.
An open ute flower.
An open ute flower. | Source
Unopened jute flower.
Unopened jute flower. | Source

The yellow flowers of jute plant is small, about 2 -3 cm. and have both female and male organs. This flower would soon turn into a cylindrical capsule.


Did you know?

Saluyot, also known as Egyptian Spinach (melokhiya) and Jew's Mallow, got its name because it was a staple food of both since ancient times. Being considered as Egypt's staple food, jute was reportedly eaten by Cleopatra for its anti-aging benefits.

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Saluyot fruits. Showing here are the green, cylindrical fruits. Inside are many tiny, round seeds which turns black in color once matured while the fruit itself turns brown.
Saluyot fruits. Showing here are the green, cylindrical fruits. Inside are many tiny, round seeds which turns black in color once matured while the fruit itself turns brown.
Saluyot fruits. Showing here are the green, cylindrical fruits. Inside are many tiny, round seeds which turns black in color once matured while the fruit itself turns brown. | Source
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Have you known this plant before or maybe have tried cooking it?

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Health Benefits of Jute or Saluyot:

* This leafy vegetable is a good source of thiamine, riboflavin, ascorbic acid and rich in fiber.

* Jute leaves also provides beta-carotene which is good for the eyesight.

* It is also high in antioxidants.

* A good source of iron, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium.



Saluyot leaves on sale on one of San Diego's Seafood City branch.
Saluyot leaves on sale on one of San Diego's Seafood City branch.

Did you know?

Because jute gets slimy when cooked, it is used to thicken soups while the seeds are used for flavoring.

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anglnwu 3 years ago

Interesting. I've not heard of this plant before. You said it's related to the okra family or is the fruit like okra? Would like to try it some day. Thanks for sharing and rate dup.


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cat on a soapbox 3 years ago from Los Angeles

Very interesting- thank you! We are familiar w/ jute as a fibrous material for weaving and making nets but didn't know it had so many uses in cooking and is so nutritious.


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precy anza 3 years ago from San Diego Author

@ Anglnwu:

Just like okra, it's mucilaginous. It gets slimy when cook. :)

@ Katherine:

Yes. Now you can try it on cooking, good as a sauteed vegetable. :) I love the tiny, yellow flowers too.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

How interesting, precy. Imagine! Jute can grow up to 6 feet even when grown in a container. That's a powerful plant.


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Sounds like another winner to me, Precy Anza. I'll bet that there might be some at the Oriental market!


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precy anza 3 years ago from San Diego Author

@ Drbj: It is an interesting plant, specially with how those fruits lines up on the branch :)

@ Avian: Right. They probably have it on Oriental markets, specially on Summer seasons. They might not have it everyday but sure there's days they have it. :)


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rajan jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

The fruit just looks like okra. Can't you cook it. Even okra seeds turn almost black when mature and dry.

Heard of this plant just for the first time today. Very interesting.

Voted up, interesting and shared.


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precy anza 2 years ago from San Diego Author

@ Rajan:

It does, looks like a mini okra. I don't think the fruits are edible though. It's only the tops that I knew is edible. Thanks for stopping, reading and sharing. :)


Marlyn 13 months ago

Can the branches of the Saluyot tree be used as a substitute for seeds??

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