Tossa jute (Corchorus olitorius) is a tropical annual plant that is cultivated as a fiber crop or as a leaf vegetable.
The related White jute (Corchorus capsularis) is also a fiber crop.
Basic information and facts
Jute grows in most tropical and subtropical regions of the world.
Annual, biennial, or perennial:
Jute is an annual plant.
Small yellow flowers with five petals (diameter 2 to 3 cm).
Leaves have at the base a small “moustache”.
A capsule with many seeds.
Climate and weather:
Tropical and subtropical regions.
Jute plants can be 2 to 4 meters tall, but jute varieties grown as leaf vegetable are shorter.
Grown from seed.
Jute is grown as a fiber crop. the fibers are used to make ropes, sacks and other rough textiles.
Some jute varieties are leaf vegetables. Leaves are cooked just like spinach.
Did you know that?
- Jute is the second plant fiber after cotton.