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Corchorus Olitorius - Jute Plant, Saluyot, or Egyptian Spinach Photos and Health Benefits

Precy loves to write about many topics, including how to grow some of the most wonderful plants in the world.

(Corchorus olitorius) Jute mallow plant also known as Jew's mallow.

(Corchorus olitorius) Jute mallow plant also known as Jew's mallow.

Jute mallow is also known in another name as Jew's mallow. But these are only two of the names this warm weather loving plant is known for. Jute mallow is predominantly eaten in Asian countries such as in India, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Thailand,China and the Philippines where the plant is known as saluyot, a favorite in backyard vegetable gardens specially in the provinces.

Jute mallow is often grown in tropical countries for consumption, often sold in bundles in wet markets such as in the Philippines. It is also the main source for making the jute fiber. In the Philippines, saluyot is well known specially to the Ilocano people as it is one of the main vegetable ingredients to the Ilocano dish dinengdeng, but more of that later as we tackle cooking.

This sun-loving plant also do well in containers. In fact, the photo above of our saluyot is planted in a container. Jute mallow doesn't do well in shady areas in the garden and would be damaged by severe drought and cold weathers.

Jute mallow grows upright and branches out with alternate leaves, it can reach up to 6 feet and is an annual, erect plant. The green leaves are smooth and thin. I've read the fruits are edible as well, but to that I cannot attest as I've grown only knowing of the leaves being consumed. Preferably the young leaves or tops.

Small saluyot flowers are yellow and about 2 - 3 cm and have both female and male organs. This flower will soon turn into a cylindrical capsule as it develops into a young fruit.

Jew's Mallow Fruits

Jute mallow or Jew's mallow fruits are cylindrical in shape. The fruits are green and turns brown in color when fully matured.

Jute mallow or Jew's mallow fruits are cylindrical in shape. The fruits are green and turns brown in color when fully matured.

Other Names for Jute Mallow

Name Country



Rau đay


Tossa jute


Bush okra



Cooking With Jute Mallow Leaves

The leaves of okra bush or jute mallow id often an ingredient in many Asian dishes. In the Philippines, jute mallow is cooked in soy sauce and vinegar with long beans, a dish called adobo or specifically sitaw and saluyot adobo since the two main veggie ingredients are jute mallow or saluyot and sitaw or long beans.

An Ilocano dish called dinengdeng also has jute mallow leaves as one of its ingredients along with any other available green veggies like red spinach, okra, and beans. Squash blossoms are included too and taro roots. Veggies can be replaced too of what's available such as bitter gourd and eggplant.

The leaves are also good sauted with bamboo shoots. In other countries such as in Thailand, saluyot or jute mallow leaves are blanched and consumed with plain rice congee. It is also usually used in Nigerian cuisine and is used in making sauce by boiling the leaves. It is also cultivated for consumption in India, Vietnam, Japan, Uganda, Zimbabwe and in many other countries.

Not only in dishes as dried jute leaves are made into herbal tea.

A dish with jute mallow leaves, red spinach and squash blossoms.

A dish with jute mallow leaves, red spinach and squash blossoms.

Health Benefits of Consuming Jute Mallow (Saluyot)

Not only that consuming jute mallows provides beta-carotene which is good for the eyesight, but this leafy vegetable is a good source of thiamine, riboflavin, ascorbic acid and it is rich in fiber as well. It is also high in antioxidants and is a good source of iron, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium.

Jute mallow also has an ability to act as an anti-inflammatory and is used as a home remedy.

Saluyot or jute mallow leaves sold in bundles.

Saluyot or jute mallow leaves sold in bundles.

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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Marlyn on October 31, 2015:

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

precy anza (author) from USA on May 07, 2014:

@ 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. :)

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 30, 2014:

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.

precy anza (author) from USA on October 11, 2013:

@ 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. :)

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on October 11, 2013:

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

drbj and sherry from south Florida on October 10, 2013:

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

precy anza (author) from USA on October 09, 2013:

@ 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.

Catherine Tally from Los Angeles on October 09, 2013:

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.

anglnwu on October 08, 2013:

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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