Toona sinensis (香椿)

Today I saw something at the vegetable market, which I have never seen before. It turned out to be Toona sinensis, which is actually a tree, also called Chinese Mahogany (香椿). Pan fried with egg, it gives the dish a nutty taste. The supply seems limited in the markets. There is no farming format for it, but just harvest from trees around. And the small supply first goes to restaurants. Strangely the "vegetable" is still not expensive in the market. So, I guess, individual demand must be low. There seem to be quite a few medical applications of the plant, and it is a Traditional Chinese Medicine remedy. Having seen a bit of Chinese research, my first suspicion, when I see overwhelming press on something, is: must be bullshit. But the veggie is good. I really like it. It says, that it also enhances the mobility of human sperm. Well, lets try.

 Toona sinensis (香椿) in the market shelf. Never seen this. 

Toona sinensis (香椿) in the market shelf. Never seen this. 

 Cut off the lower part of the leaves.

Cut off the lower part of the leaves.

 Then stir fry with egg. Yummy!

Then stir fry with egg. Yummy!