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Velvetleaf (Limnocharis flava)

Velvetleaf (<i>Limnocharis flava</i>)

Common Names Velvetleaf, sawah-flower rush, sawah lettuce, yellow bur-head (En); cebolla de chucho, hoja de buitre (Sp); 黃花藺 (Cn) Plant Distribution Southeast Asia, Central and South America Edible Parts Young leaves with petioles and young inflorescences are eaten. Health Values Beta-carotene: low in shoots; vitamin E: low in stems, high in leaves; folic acid: low [...]

Indian lettuce (Lactuca indica)

Indian lettuce (<i>Lactuca indica</i>)

Common Names Indian lettuce, milkweed, wild lettuce (En); lechuga de la India (Sp); 山萵苣 (Cn) Plant Distribution South, East, and Southeast Asia Edible Parts Leaves and tender stems with slight bitterness are used fresh as salad, boiled, steamed or stir-fried, or in soup. Health Values Beta-carotene: high; riboflavin: medium; ascorbic acid: medium; calcium: medium; iron: [...]

Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas)

Sweet potato (<i>Ipomoea batatas</i>)

Common Names Sweet potato (En); patata douce (Fr); batata, boniato, camote (Sp); 甘薯, 蕃薯, 地瓜葉 (Cn) Plant Distribution Pantropics Edible Parts Tender leaves and shoot tips are eaten boiled or stir-fried; tuberous root used boiled, baked, or deep-fried. Health Values Beta-carotene: medium in leaves, medium to extremely high in tuberous roots; vitamin E: high in [...]

Kangkong (Ipomoea aquatica)

Kangkong (<i>Ipomoea aquatica</i>)

Common Names Kangkong, water convolvulus, water spinach, swamp morning glory (En); liseron d’eau, patate aquatique (Fr); espinaca acuáica (Sp); 蕹菜, 空心菜 (Cn) Plant Distribution East and Southeast Asia Edible Parts Tender shoots or leaves are used fresh as salad, or steamed, boiled, or stir-fried. Health Values Beta-carotene: medium; vitamin E: medium; riboflavin: low; folic acid: [...]

Saururus (Houttuynia cordata)

Saururus (<i>Houttuynia cordata</i>)

Common Names Saururus, chameleon (En); houttuynie (Fr); dokudami (Jp); houttuynia (Sp); gip cá (Vn); 蕺菜, 魚腥草 (Cn) Plant Distribution East, Southeast, and South Asia Edible Parts Astringent aromatic shoots, leaves and rhizomes are used as fresh herbal garnish in salad, soup, fish stew, etc. Health Values Beta-carotene: medium; vitamin E: medium; folic acid: low; ascorbic [...]

Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa)

Roselle (<i>Hibiscus sabdariffa</i>)

Common Names Roselle, Jamaica sorrel, red sorrel (En); oseille de Guinée, karkadé, bissap, groseille pays (Fr); rosa de Jamaica, sereni (Sp); 洛神葵 (Cn) Plant Distribution South and Southeast Asia, tropical Africa Edible Parts Young shoots and leaves are eaten in salad, curries, or stir-fried with meats; fleshy calyces are eaten in salad, soup, stir-fried, or [...]

Velvet plant (Gynura bicolor)

Velvet plant (<i>Gynura bicolor</i>)

Common Names Velvet plant, redflower ragleaf, fireweed (En); ebolo (Fr); ginura (Sp); 紅鳳菜, 紫背天葵 (Cn) Plant Distribution Southeast Asia, South Pacific, tropical Africa Edible Parts Succulent, tender leaves and shoots are eaten boiled or stir-fried, or added to stews and soups. Health Values Beta-carotene: medium in tender leaves; vitamin E: low; riboflavin: low; ascorbic acid: [...]

Edible chrysanthemum (Glebionis coronarium)

Edible chrysanthemum (<i>Glebionis coronarium</i>)

Common Name Edible chrysanthemum, garland chrysanthemum, crown daisy (En); chrysanthème desjardins (Fr); antimonio, mirabeles, moya (Sp); 歐茼蒿 (Cn) Plant Distribution East, Southeast, South, and West Asia; Southern Europe; Northern Africa Edible Parts Aromatic leaves and flower heads are eaten blanched, steamed, stir-fried or deep-fried (like tempura), or in soups (like sukiyaki). Other uses: as a [...]

Spiny coriander (Eryngium foetidum)

Spiny coriander (<i>Eryngium foetidum</i>)

Common Names Spiny coriander, false coriander, Mexican coriander, spiritweed (En); chardon étoile, panicaut fétide, coulante (Fr); culantro, chadron benee, alcapate (Sp); ngò gai (Vn); 刺芹, 刺芫荽(Cn) Plant Distribution Tropical Americas, Southeast Asia Edible Parts Aromatic leaves with strong coriander-like scent are used fresh or dried in soup, noodle dishes, and curries, or mixed with other [...]

Vegetable fern (Diplazium esculentum)

Vegetable fern (<i>Diplazium esculentum</i>)

Common Names Vegetable fern (En); fougère végétale (Fr); kuwareshida (Jp); fern vegetal (Sp); 過溝菜蕨, 過貓 (Cn) Plant Distribution East, Southeast and South Asia, Oceania Edible Parts Tender fronds are blanched, boiled, or stir-fried. Health Values Beta-carotene: low; vitamin E: medium; riboflavin: low; ascorbic acid: low; calcium: low; iron: low; protein: 3.2%. Both fresh and boiled [...]

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