1) Plant History & General Information:
- Location on Property: Garden D, Garden M, Eco-Community Amenities, below Bamboo Hut, Ohia Camper
Scientific Name: Sauropus androgynus
- Region of Origin: Korea
- Type: Beautiful & Useful
- General History: It is one of the most popular leaf vegetables in South Asia and Southeast Asia and is notable for high yields and palatability. The shoot tips have been sold as tropical asparagus. In Vietnam, the locals cook it with crab meat, minced pork or dried shrimp to make soup. In Malaysia, it is commonly stir-fried with egg or dried anchovies. The flowers and small purplish fruits of the plant have also be eaten In Indonesia, the leaves of the plant are used to make an infusion, believed to improve the flow of breast milk for breastfeeding mothers.
2) Plant Uses:
- As Food: Excellent for salads. Has a delicious slightly nutty flavor. Eat the leaves. It is one of the most popular leaf vegetables in South Asia and Southeast Asia and is notable for high yields and taste. The shoot tips have been sold as tropical asparagus. In Vietnam, people cook it with crab meat, minced pork or dried shrimp to make soup.
- As Medicine: Katuk leaf is a source of vitamin C which is very good. The content of vitamin C even much higher than the orange or guava, which has been known as a source of vitamin C which is very good. Vitamin C is known as the main compounds the body needs in a variety of important processes, ranging from the manufacture of collagen (fibrous protein that forms connective tissue in bones), fat transport, electron transport from various enzymatic reactions, hyper healthy gums, regulating cholesterol levels, and hyper-immunity.
- In addition, the body’s vitamin C is necessary for wound healing and improve brain function in order to work optimally. It is also among only a few flora containing vitamin K, and is also a source of vitamin A.
- Other Uses: NA
3) Growing Instructions:
Growing: Prefers a hot, humid climate. Tolerates occasional flooding and acidic soils. Under ideal conditions, it can grow up to 1.5 m per month. In cultivation, it must be regularly trimmed for optimal production of new shoots
- Sunlight Requirements: Will grow in shade or full sun
- Soil Requirements:
- Propagation: Best by Cuttings
- Use loppers cutting stem at an angle,
- Remove the bottom leaves but keep a few of the top baby leaves on,
- Choose the area you are planting to and stick the cut end into the ground at least 2-3 inches,
- Cover base of the plant with a brown paper bag, put soil and a few lava rocks to hold down paper on top and water thoroughly.
- Controlling Spread: Propagate to control spread
- Difficulties with this plant: Stem diameter does not grow apace with length and it soon gets so tall that it falls over, earning its description in Edible Leaves of the Tropics as “an awkward plant.”
History of this Plant at Hedonisia: Shown on our tours to all guests so they know it’s edible and handy. Planting in areas for beautification and ease of food access.
Recipes: Delicious in salads or as a spinach!