Jute Plant - Saluyot (Corchorus Olitorius)
Saluyot, 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 their favorite 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.
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:
= 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.
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.
Have you known this plant before or maybe have tried cooking it?
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.
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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