Sweet leaf bush (Sauropus androgynus)
Sweet leaf bush, star gooseberry (En); sauropus (Fr); katuk (Sp); 守宮木 (Cn)
East, Southeast, and South Asia
Tender leaves, shoot tips, flowers, and immature fruit are eaten boiled, steamed, stirfried, or in soups. Tender leaves can be added to sandwiches, meat, rice and curries, scrambled eggs, etc. as a garnish.
Beta-carotene: extremely high; vitamin E: extremely high; riboflavin: low; folic acid: high; ascorbic acid: extremely high; calcium: medium; iron: high; protein: 4.8-7.6%. Leaves contain lutein and gallic acid, and exhibit antioxidative activities.
Read more: Sweet leaf bush, in Discovering Indigenous Treasures: Promising Indigenous Vegetables from Around the World. 2009. AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center