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Kangkong (Ipomoea aquatica)

27-Flower-of-red-vine-type_webCommon 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: medium; ascorbic acid: medium to high; calcium: medium; iron: medium; protein: 2.5%. Leaves contain flavonoids.

Read more: Kangkong, in Discovering Indigenous Treasures: Promising Indigenous Vegetables from Around the World. 2009. AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center.