The jute plant, botanically known as Corchorus capsularis, has a cylindrical stalk and grows as tall as ten feet. After harvesting, the stalks are retted until the bast fiber can be stripped from the stalks.
Jute is in sheet form and sold by the pound. Each sheet measures about 24" x 31" and weighs about .6 lbs. However we may cut sheets to fit more easily into boxes. Jute can be processed very easily in a kitchen blender or other form of mixer if a Hollander beater is unavailable.