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Katuk Variegated Sauropus Androgynus Star Gooseberry Sweet Leaf Bush Plant 4-10"

Katuk Variegated Sauropus Androgynus Star Gooseberry Sweet Leaf Bush Plant 4-10"

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Katuk Sweet Leaf - Sauropus androgynus

You will receive 1 katuk plant about 4 to 10 inches tall. Katuk does not do well in shipping, its leaves may fall down in the box. However, the plant is quickly recover. It needs hot humid conditions with daily water to grow well.

Growing Katuk

Katuk (Sauropus androgynus) or “Sweet Leaf Bush” is another amazing perennial plant that grows with minimum effort. It produces nutritious high 6.4% protein leaves that taste like peas. It is one of the most popular leaf vegetables in South Asia and Southeast Asia and is notable for high yields and flavor.   The shoot tips have been 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 been eaten.

Katuk Health Benefits

In Indonesia, the leaves of the plant are used to make infusion, believed to improve the flow of breast milk for breastfeeding mothers. In 100 g of leaves the nutritional content is as follows: energy 59 cal, 6.4 g protein, 1.0 g fat, 9.9 g carbohydrate, 1.5 g fiber, 1.7 g ash, 233 mg calcium, phosphorus 98 mg, 3.5 mg iron, carotene 10,020 mcg (vitamin A), B, and C 164 mg, and 81 g water.

We use Katuk at the house in stirfrys, fresh salads and mixed into morning egg dishes.  If you have a bunch of leaves, throw them in a frying pan with a little coconut oil or pork fat, garlic and salt.  It’s a perfect side dish.  It’s served in thousands of restaurants in Southeast Asia so I’m sure recipes are numerous.  

Growing Katuk

Katuk is a perennial plant that’s for its edible leaves and young shoots.  It also has an ability to survive well in hot and humid conditions.  It’s easily propagated by cuttings and if they’re planted close together with the addition of fertilizer, the bushes will form a hedge of edible leaves for year round consumption. Katuk is a perfect addition to any edible landscaping theme or permaculture food forest.

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