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  • #258290
    ballamaraballamara
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    I want to plant a climber to go over the chook house to keep it cool in summer, could anyone give me some suggestions as I don’t want to plant anything that is harmful to the girls?

    #538225
    SteveSteve
    Keymaster

    Passionfruit? Choko? Grapes?

    #538226
    ballamaraballamara
    Keymaster

    Thanks Steve, I know next to nothing about chokos, are they edible?

    #538227
    SteveSteve
    Keymaster

    They sure are edible. I like them but many people turn their nose up at them as a vegetable. I think they find them a bit bland. They are sort of deciduous but don’t like frost. I think many people start new plants each year although they will come back from the previous year for a number of years. I believe they are even used as a substitute for stewed apples and pears and you can find many cake and muffin recipes for them.

    Annette McFarlane has some info in a PDF here: http://www.annettemcfarlane.com/Stories/Choko.pdf

    #538228
    Judi BJudi B
    Keymaster

    lots of people hate chokos but I love them, you can have them in stir fry, make jams and chutney and relish put them in soups curries and casseroles…. on their own they can be quite bland but bulk out a meal and take on the flavours of the dish they are in … but they are adaptable to anything even a cake …..
    QUICK CHOKO CAKE
    4 eggs separated 1½ cups arrowroot flour, ½ cup wholemeal rye flour, 2 tblspns honey, 1 cup raw chokoes
    peeled and chopped.
    Puree chokoes. Beat egg whites until stiff. Add egg yolks then flour, 1 tablespoon honey, pureed chokoes.
    Grease cake tin with honey and flour cook for about 1 hour.

    #538229
    calliecatcalliecat
    Participant

    they make a yummy chutney

    #538230
    PinetreePinetree
    Member

    I would like to join the choko appreciation club, they are sensational fried with garlic (but then what is not)!
    Just as an aside you need to protect the choko shoots from the chooks, mine hammered them.
    Cheers Pinetree

    #538231
    MuklukMukluk
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    I agree with everyone else, choko and poultry go well together.  The poultry will eat every part of it that they can reach so you need to protect the base.

    Does it have to be a climbing plant?  Could you grow a deciduous tree perhaps with some wire around the base to protect it, would that work at your property?  Mulberry trees work well for this purpose.  They grow very fast, they absolutely love the manure from the chickens, they shade well over summer, and they drop copious amounts of fruit for the animals to eat.

    #538232
    ballamaraballamara
    Keymaster

    Thanks everyone, I will try them. We get quite a few frosts but by the sound of it they are quick growers so could replant each year if need be. Are the seeds readily available, I can’t recall seeing them in any catalogue will have to check? Now to tell DH he has more work to do

    #538233
    Judi BJudi B
    Keymaster

    You get a choko and let it sprout then plant out, I have 2 in pots here just about ready to plant out…. I was given them and it was just before winter so I potted them and into the greenhouse they went.

    #538234
    SnagsSnags
    Member

    They grow like triffids Ive got a white one
    http://plant.daleysfruit.com.au/l/white-choko1-9843.jpeg

    I use the shoots in stir friys
    Luke Nguyen did a good stirfry on his show too
    http://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/stir-fried-choko-beef-and-garlic-trai-su-xao-thit-bo

    #538235
    ballamaraballamara
    Keymaster

    I thought they only came in green.

    #538236
    SnagsSnags
    Member

    I got an albino..lol
    Most are green I just saw this white one in a shop and sprouted and grew it.
    It hasnt fruited yet but its covered in flowers.
    Ive got it in one of my raised veg growing on a trellis,its not ideal as its taking up a bit of valuable real estate,but I will move a baby or two to a new home for  next year.

    #538237
    SnagsSnags
    Member

    Ive got some blue butterfly pea that would go well to
    The blue flowers are edible and used as a food colouring you might get blue eggs https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clitoria_ternatea

    #538238
    ballamaraballamara
    Keymaster

    It looks  very pretty, mind you blue eggs aren’t so appealing.

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