Sauropus androgynus, also known as katuk, star gooseberry, or sweet leaf, is a shrub grown in some tropical regions as a leaf vegetable. In Chinese it is called mani cai (马尼菜); in Japan it is called Amame Shiba(アマメシバ);in Malay it is called cekur manis, sayur manis, or asin-asin; in Thai it is called pak waan; and in Vietnamese, it is called rau ngót. In Kerala -India it is called Malay Cheera. Its multiple upright stems can reach 8 feet high and bear dark green oval leaves 2.5 inches long. It is one of the most popular leaf vegetables in South Asia and Southeast Asia and is notable for high yields and palatability. The shoot tips are sold as tropical asparagus. In Vietnam, the locals cook it with crab meat, minced pork or dried shrimp to make soup. In Malaysia, it is commonly stir-fried with egg or dried anchovies. The flowers and small purplish fruits of the plant have also be eaten. In Indonesia, the leaves of the plant are used to make infusion, believed to improve the flow of breast milk for breastfeeding mothers. It is a good source of vitamin K. It also has high level of provita-min A carotenoids, especially in freshly picked leaves, as well as high levels of vitamins B and C, protein and minerals. The more mature leaves, the higher nutrient content of the leaves.
Most popular leaf vegetables in South Asia and Southeast Asia
The shoot tips are sold as tropical asparagus
The flowers and small purplish fruits of the plant have also be eaten
Easy to grow, good to eat, and nutritious
The starter plant you will receive is growing in a 4" pot