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White mugwort (Artemisia lactiflora)

White mugwort (<i>Artemisia lactiflora</i>)

Common Names White mugwort, wormwood, ghostplant, angle dish, pearl dish (En); artémise (Fr); ajenjo blanco (Sp); 角菜, 珍珠菜 (Cn) Plant Distribution East and Southeast Asia Edible Parts Leaves and tender stems are eaten boiled or stir-fried, or in soups. Health Values Beta-carotene: extremely high; riboflavin: medium; ascorbic acid: medium; calcium: low; iron: medium; protein: 3.6%. [...]

Pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata)

Pumpkin (<i>Cucurbita moschata</i>)

Common Names Pumpkin, winter squash, crookneck squash (En); courge musquée, giraumon (Fr); auyama, calabaza, calabaza moscada, tamalayote, zapallito coreano (Sp); 南瓜 (Cn) Plant Distribution Central and South America, sub-Saharan Africa Edible Parts Flowers, leaves, and young stems are blanched, boiled, or stir-fried, or added to soups and stews. Fruit is baked, fried, boiled, mashed, or [...]

Honewort (Cryptotaenia japonica)

Honewort (<i>Cryptotaenia japonica</i>)

Common Names Honewort, Japanese honewort, Japanese parsley (En); persil japonais (Fr); mitsuba (Jp); perejil japonés (Sp); 鴨兒芹, 山芹菜 (Cn) Plant Distribution East Asia, East Russia Edible Parts Tender leaves and shoots are consumed fresh as salad or garnish, stir-fried, deep-fried, or cooked in soups. Health Values Beta-carotene: medium in tender shoots; vitamin E: low; riboflavin: [...]

Amaranth (Amaranthus spp.)

Amaranth (<i>Amaranthus</i> spp.)

Common Names Amaranth, Chinese spinach, spiny pigweed, Joseph’s-coat (En); amarante, épinard malabar, épinard piquant (Fr); amarantos, moco de pavo, blero (Sp); 莧菜 (Cn) Related Species A. tricolor, A. dubius, A. blitum, A. gangeticus, A. spinosus, A. viridis Plant Distribution All tropical and subtropical regions Edible Parts Leaf and tender stem are eaten fresh, boiled, steamed, [...]

Jute mallow (Corchorus olitorius)

Jute mallow (<i>Corchorus olitorius</i>)

Common Names Jute mallow, nalta jute (En); corète potagère, jute potager (Fr); gute malevaceo, yute (Sp); 長蒴黃麻 (Cn) Plant Distribution South Asia, East Asia, tropical Africa, Middle East, Brazil, the Caribbean Edible Parts Leaves and tender stems are eaten boiled, stew, stir-fried, or in soup. Sticky leaf mass is used as vegetarian spread. Health Values [...]

Ivy gourd (Coccinia grandis)

Ivy gourd (<i>Coccinia grandis</i>)

Common Names Ivy gourd, scarlet-fruited gourd (En); tindola, courge écarlate (Fr); pepino cimarrón (Sp); 紅瓜 (Cn) Plant Distribution Tropical Asia, East Africa, Oceania Edible Parts Green fruit is used in soups and curries; ripe fruit used raw or stewed with other vegetables; tender leaves/shoots are eaten blanched, boiled or stir-fried, or in soups. Health Values [...]

Spider plant (Cleome gynandra)

Spider plant (<i>Cleome gynandra</i>)

Common Names Spider plant, cat’s whiskers, spider flower, spiderwisp (En); feuilles caya, mozambé (Fr); volatin, masambey, jasmín de río (Sp); 西洋白花菜 (Cn) Plant Distribution Naturalized throughout the tropics Edible Parts Sharp, mustard-flavored tender leaves and shoots are eaten boiled or in stews. Health Values Beta-carotene: high; vitamin E: low; folic acid: high; ascorbic acid: extremely [...]

Endive (Cichorium endivia)

Endive (<i>Cichorium endivia</i>)

Common Names Endive, escarole (En); chicon, chicorée endive, scarole (Fr); escarola, escarol crespa (Sp); 苦苣, 菊苣 (Cn) Plant Distribution Europe, North America, Central Asia, tropical Africa Edible Parts Rosette or curled leaves are eaten raw in salad, boiled, steamed, sautéed, or cooked in soups, stews and mixed vegetable dishes. Blue flowers are used raw as [...]

Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)

Okra (<i>Abelmoschus esculentus</i>)

Common Names Okra, lady’s finger (En); gombo, gumbo (French); quingombó, guingombó (Spanish); 黃秋葵 (Chinese) Plant Distribution Southeast and South Asia, tropical Africa, Brazil Edible Parts Young fruit is often boiled as ingredient in soups and sauces, consumed blanched, sautéed, stir-fried, raw or pickled, or stuffed with other ingredients; young leaves sometimes eaten cooked. Health Values [...]

Baobab (Adansonia digitata)

Baobab (<i>Adansonia digitata</i>)

Common Names Baobab, monkey-bread tree, dead-rat tree, cream-of-tartar tree (En); calebassier du Sénégal, arbre de mille ans, pain de singe (Fr); baobab, árbol botella (Sp); 猢猻木 (Cn) Plant Distribution Tropical Africa, Indian Ocean islands, Arabian Peninsula Edible Parts Young leaves and tender shoots are eaten raw, boiled or stir-fried, or dried and powdered to thicken [...]

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