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Title: Toona sinensis
Post by: Tropical Bay Area on February 09, 2021, 09:04:37 PM
Anyone know anything about this? Iím growing one.
If anyone wants t\h\is plant Iíll try to sell some suckers once it grows larger
This tree is deciduous
Title: Re: Toona sinensis
Post by: Perplexed on February 11, 2021, 08:37:54 AM
Do you have any pictures of your tree? I have one growing now that is dormant.
Title: Re: Toona sinensis
Post by: arc310 on February 11, 2021, 01:18:43 PM
supposely the younger leaves can be used for cooking...someone told me if you crush them..it can smell like chicken soup or something. (i tried...not really).

i have one that my parents planted i assume a long time ago....and that's the only reason i still have it around

i'm i socal and it does drop most of its leaves during the winter here though it's suppose to be deciduous.
Title: Re: Toona sinensis
Post by: Tropical Bay Area on February 11, 2021, 05:06:15 PM
Do you have any pictures of your tree? I have one growing now that is dormant.
Yeah sure, itís growing now lemme add some pics
(https://i.postimg.cc/0zDx5BHp/9012439-D-75-CF-48-AC-A151-700-F331-F31-EB.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/0zDx5BHp)

(https://i.postimg.cc/sBzzM4tb/B9-E80-E25-4-D58-43-F7-ACC6-B35-C0-F5013-E2.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/sBzzM4tb)

(https://i.postimg.cc/F1H9bG74/BBE05-A8-A-C0-CB-470-D-8006-30-AC403-AA41-C.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/F1H9bG74)
Title: Re: Toona sinensis
Post by: Jaboticaba45 on February 11, 2021, 08:02:43 PM
Does it really taste like beef? I watched Weird Explorer's video on it and wonder if it is any good in cooking?
Title: Re: Toona sinensis
Post by: Tropical Bay Area on February 12, 2021, 12:16:43 AM
Does it really taste like beef? I watched Weird Explorer's video on it and wonder if it is any good in cooking?
It tastes sort of like beef, but I truly havenít memorized what beef really tastes like since I havenít eaten it in a long time, just donít like it Iím not on a diet
Title: Re: Toona sinensis
Post by: Rodneynme on March 25, 2021, 08:45:24 PM
Yeah I have a couple of these trees. It's true about the taste. In my family it tastes just like Beef and Onion to us very strong. We use the leaves to make veggie burgers. If your tree leaves doesn't take like Beef and Onion it's not a real Toon Sinensis. But someone else taste buds might just be different.
Title: Re: Toona sinensis
Post by: Tropical Bay Area on March 25, 2021, 09:38:38 PM
Hereís what it looks like now. The flavor is really liek onion and beef! I love it so much
(https://i.postimg.cc/q6rvPGJF/image.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/q6rvPGJF)

(https://i.postimg.cc/crsJTT5g/image.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/crsJTT5g)
Title: Re: Toona sinensis
Post by: RodneyS on March 27, 2021, 11:28:20 PM
Do you have plants/seeds for sale?
Title: Re: Toona sinensis
Post by: Jaboticaba45 on March 28, 2021, 09:47:51 AM
Do you have plants/seeds for sale?
I'd be interested in some too.
Title: Re: Toona sinensis
Post by: Tropical Bay Area on March 28, 2021, 07:37:49 PM
Sorry, I donít have any, you can find them easily , but maybe around next spring I will have a couple.
Title: Re: Toona sinensis
Post by: Kada on April 17, 2021, 12:34:52 PM
Its  acommon herb used in Buddhist vegetarian cooking in taiwan.  They dont eat onion, garlic etc and this replaces that.  The beefy/oniony flavor seems right.  Personally not a fan, but millions love it.  It will grow strong year round if you dont get too cold.  Fairly drought resistant.
Title: Re: Toona sinensis
Post by: tropic_tester on April 26, 2021, 03:02:47 AM
Sorry, I donít have any, you can find them easily , but maybe around next spring I will have a couple.

I bought a bunch of seeds a little while back, and some of them are just starting to sprout. How do you take care of yours? How well do they do outdoors in the bay area? I live near daly city and I'm not sure how long I'll have to baby them indoors before I can take them outside.
Title: Re: Toona sinensis
Post by: Pokeweed on April 26, 2021, 06:46:51 AM
They should be fine. I was given root suckers from a tree planted outside without protection in Illinois. D
Title: Re: Toona sinensis
Post by: Giannhs on April 26, 2021, 09:34:08 AM
supposely the younger leaves can be used for cooking...someone told me if you crush them..it can smell like chicken soup or something. (i tried...not really).

i have one that my parents planted i assume a long time ago....and that's the only reason i still have it around

i'm i socal and it does drop most of its leaves during the winter here though it's suppose to be deciduous.
you r the only one who finds that tree uninteresting. Still your opinion will be useful, as i have never seen that tree real and i m asking different people to form an opinion whether to buy or not. What do the leaves taste like to you? If it does not smell like chicken soup or something, what does it smell like?
Title: Re: Toona sinensis
Post by: tropic_tester on April 26, 2021, 11:21:53 AM
I can't say for the plant since mine is still sprouting but even the seeds give off an onion-y and meaty smell. Quite peculiar haha
Title: Re: Toona sinensis
Post by: Giannhs on April 27, 2021, 10:47:03 AM
They should be fine. I was given root suckers from a tree planted outside without protection in Illinois. D
Hi! i have never seen this tree unless in video, but based on this page https://jurassicplants.co.uk/collections/all-plants/products/toona-sinensis-onion-tree under "specification" it says it is hardy to -10 Celsius and fast growing. For zone 10 as yours, it should be best to take it outdoors to its permanent position just now, by the end of April. With some fencing to protect from animals, of course. Let us know if any cat bite it because of the meaty smell.
Title: Re: Toona sinensis
Post by: Pokeweed on April 28, 2021, 07:26:35 AM
Mine is still small. It is a root sucker from a tree that is in roughly zone 6. I intend to plant it out this coming Fall. My trees suffer from the Summer heat more than a normal Winter. Regards, Dan