help me ID/find this edible Chinese tree?

princesspea(sunset14)March 29, 2013

Hi all,

my good friend is from Shandong province in China and she is pining for the flavor of a tree her sister has, apparently featured in many foods of that region. I have eaten it at restaurants here in California but they are not telling where it came from. I am assuming that it is growing in somebody's back yard. I have attached a photo, I wonder if anyone can tell me more?
thanks, PP

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solanum1

It is Toona sinensis

Here is a link that might be useful: Toona sinensis

    Bookmark   March 31, 2013 at 6:33PM
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princesspea(sunset14)

Thanks, solanum! That is exactly what I need, a source of seeds and everything. My friend will be so happy, this will be a great housewarming gift for her when she moves house next month.
PP

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 12:47PM
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chaff_gw

You can buy seeds from ebay or from a store in canada. see the link

Here is a link that might be useful: store link

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 11:58AM
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yukkuri_kame(Sunset 19 / USDA 9)

Anybody got seeds or plants for trade?

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 6:31AM
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yukkuri_kame(Sunset 19 / USDA 9)

WAIT!

I think this might actually be growing in my backyard!

Thought it was some type of sumac...but so far it fits the description. The leaves look about right.

The bark, when scratched, has a vaguely peanut-buttery smell, and I have heard that is true of Toona Sinensis.

Need help with a positive ID before I fire up the wok.

If I ever figure out how to post pics on this forum, I will.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 7:55PM
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chaff_gw

There are two types of the "Toon" tree: a) edible chinese toon and b) the wild toon which tastes really bad.

These two look exactly alike. It is very rare to find the edible chinese toon here in the US.

To tell if your tree is the edible type, let someone who tasted the edible chinese toon before chew on the leaf (do not swallow). This is the only way I know to tell the difference. Smell doesn't work.

Good luck to you if your tree is the edible type. It's very hard to grow it from either seed or plant.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2013 at 12:09PM
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flatwoods_farm(9A Riverview, F)

I think raintree nursery carries it

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 9:09PM
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