Chinese toon (Toona sinensis)

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Common Names
Chinese toon, Chinese cedar, red toon (En); cédréla (Fr); cedro de China (Sp); 香椿 (Cn)

Plant Distribution
East, South, and Southeast Asia

Edible Parts
Fragrant tender shoots and young leaves are eaten in salad, stir-fried with egg, pickled, or roasted and dried as tea.

Health values
Beta-carotene: medium to high in tender shoots; vitamin E: extremely high; riboflavin: low; folic acid: low; ascorbic acid: high to extremely high; calcium: high; iron: high; protein: 6.3-9.8%. Leaves and shoots contain also gallic acid, gallotannins, and flavonoids.

Read more: Chinese toon, in Discovering Indigenous Treasures: Promising Indigenous Vegetables from Around the World. 2009. AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center