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PlantFiles: Melokhiya, Molokhia, Molokhiya.Moroheiya, Bush Okra, Jew's Mallow, Jute Mallow
Corchorus olitorius 'Emerald Nile'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Corchorus (KOR-koh-rus) (Info)
Species: olitorius
Cultivar: Emerald Nile

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Farmerdill On Feb 5, 2008, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Molokhiya (or Melokhiya) is a vegetable native to Egypt, very popular in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean regions. It has also become very popular in Japan and Southeastern Asia. It has been reported that this vegetable contains calcium, carotine, minerals, vitamin A, B1 and B2. Molokhiya is a very nutritious and healthy vegetable. Plants love warm conditions and grow well under full sun from spring to fall. Young green leaves and shoots of this fast growing vegetable are picked for cooking use. They add flavor and viscous texture to soups and stews similar to that Okra does in the cooking. Plants can also harvested and dried for later use in winter.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Union Grove, Alabama
North Fort Myers, Florida
Bowie, Maryland

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