Chinese Toon Toona sinensis Northern Red 北方红油香椿 $3.00 100 Seeds
Purple type. Crispy, delicious, aromatic. Vigorous growing. Tolerant to low temperature, but proper protection is needed to survive extreme low temperature in winter in some area in Canada and north sates of US. Keep the seeds in cool and dry place. Chinese toon is a perennial hardwood, which is a member of Meliaceae family. The young leaves and shoots can be used as a vegetable called Hsiang Chun Ya (Xiang Chun Ya ) in China and thus Chinese toon is known as a "tree vegetable" . The fresh young leaves and shoots contain 84% water, 9.8% protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 and B2, and are rich in aromatic substances. They are uniquely aromatic and therefore excellent for stir fry ( especially with egg ), salad, fry, pickling, seasoning, etc. This plant is a native of China, and China is the only country where Chinese toon young leaves and shoots are used as vegetable. Chinese toon is also used in Chinese traditional medicine. So Chinese toon is widely planted in China.