The cooking water makes an especially flavourful drink.Leaves - raw. Added to salads. The leaves contain about 17% protein (this is probably based on the dry weight[K].
Material usesThere are no material uses listed for Mirabilis expansa.
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The plant might be intolerant of frost. The top growth is certainly sensitive to frost, being cut back at temperatures below zero, but the root seems to be much hardier[K]. This species is occasionally cultivated for its edible root in the Andes, there are some named varieties. The plant is said to grow well in cold harsh environments with strong winds. Many factors such as the plant's daylength requirement, are unknown but the plant seems to have potential as a crop in temperate areas of the world. In the harsh environments where the plant grows it can take up to 2 years for the crop to mature, though it is usually harvested after a year. Yields of 50 tonnes per hectare after 2 years are possible.Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer.
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