Chaya, also called Tree Spinach, is an ancient nutritional food from the Americas. It is believed to have originated in the Yucatan Peninsula and the Maya people consumed this leaf before the arrival of the Spaniards. It is still consumed today in the Yucatecan cuisine. It is rarely found outside of the region.

One popular way to consume this unique leaf is in a dish called Brazo de Reina. It is a tamal like food with a corn masa base with chopped chaya leaves and stuffed with boiled egg. It is then wrapped in banana leaves and steamed. Once finished, it is topped with a tomato sauce.


2 thoughts on “LA CHAYA

  1. The chaya soup is good, too. Some people also drink the raw stuff in an alcoholic drink (forgot the name of it, but it’s a pretty green). However, Yucatecan friends told us it’s “poison” if not cooked. One drink is ok, but those who drink regularly…not so good.

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