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growing toona sinensis from seed

 
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Does anyone have any experience growing Toona sinensis from seed? If so, is there any advice you can give me?
 
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sinensis is a hardwood, if it is warm and moist where you live, you should have no problem starting them. I'd sprout them inside in a south facing window. Good luck with it.
 
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As long as they are fresh, they are pretty easy to germinate, its the taste of their leaves that I am not fond of, at least when I tried it raw.
 
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Im growing it specifically for the edible leaves... How do they taste raw?
Would they be better cooked?
 
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For my taste buds and others I've had try it, it has a burnt oniony taste that we hate. I think cooking with something could help dull it down, haven't ever tried yet, since rather just eat things in allium family. But I hope to get used to the taste or learn to prepare it so I can consume it for its health benefits that it suppose to have.
Here is a link that you may like if you have never read it, was topic about this plant and some people do indeed love the taste, maybe a cultural thing.
Toona Sinensis topic
 
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