Its scientific name is gynura procumbens, but it is also known as “longevity spinach” or “cholesterol spinach.” The plant is native to southeast Asia, and is widely known for its nutritional and medicinal values. Proponents claim it fights a variety of ailments, including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even cancer. However, I feel it is worth growing just to eat. This plant is quite hardy and prolific. Once established, it will grow almost as fast as you can pick it.
Uses of Longevity Spinach
Uses of this spinach are varied, and it can be eaten raw or cooked. I have even boiled a whole potful with salt and butter added, and found it similar to eating southern collard greens. Some people think the taste of longevity spinach is strong, but I found I got used to it. I actually prefer it to iceberg lettuce now. I use it on almost every day on sandwiches, in salads, and mixed in with stir fried vegetables. You can also dry the leaves and process them not nutritious powder.