Spider plant leaves.

Spider plant leaves.

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 high; calcium: high; iron: medium; protein: 4.0%. Leaves possess antioxidative and antiinflammatory
properties, and contain oxalic acid (ca. 0.01%).

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