Dried Bitter Leaf
Bitter Leaf is derived from the leaves of a small ever-green shrub found all over african called Vernonia, belong to the family Asteraceace.
There are over a thousand species of this crop. True to its name, this leaf is bitter to taste, but surprisingly delicious in meals. Other names with which this plant is known includes Orugbo (amongst the Itsekiri and Urobo tribes in Nigeria), Ewuro (amongst the Yoruba tribes in Nigeria), Mojunso (amongst east africans, especially Tanzania).
The leaf can be eaten fresh like spinach in soup or dried too. African cuisines featuring this leaf as ingredients include egusi soup, Ogbonno soup, Okra or bitter leaf soup and banga soup.
Dried Bitter Leaves Benefits
Dried Bitter Leaves are known for their medicinal and culinary purposes. Dried Bitter Leaves have been linked to speeding up your metabolism, promoting weight loss, and can be made into various teas that treat a variety of common illnesses. Bitter Leaves are known in Nigeria for their therapeutic elements such as saponins, venomygdin and vernodalin. All of these antibacterial properties are useful in maintaining the health of organs in the body, promoting kidney and liver health.
Dried Bitter Leaves provide a rich source of vitamins and minerals, to include:
● Vitamin A
● Vitamin C
● Vitamin E
● Vitamin B1
● Vitamin B2
Dried Bitter Leaf Uses
● Dried Bitter Leaves are used for both medicinal and nutritional purposes.
● Cooking: Dried Bitter Leaves are commonly used in soups and stews. They are the key
ingredient in the Bitter Leaf soup, which is rich in nutrients (and it tastes great too). Dried
Bitter Leaves are also used to create medicinal teas and tonics.You can even add these
leaves as to your favorite dish as a nutritional garnish!
Medicinal Uses: Dried Bitter Leaves can be boiled into a tea to reduce fever, and to
treat malaria, gallstones, diarrhea, dysentery, tuberculosis, respiratory tract infections,
kidney disease and to increase endurance. Rich in andrographolide to improve the
body’s defense systems, Bitter Leaves promote the production of white blood cells that
attack bacteria and other foreign substances.
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