African Bitter Leaf
African Bitter Leaf

African Bitter Leaf

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Latin Name:  Vernonia amygdalina
Common Names: grawa (Amharic), ewuro (Yoruba), etidot (Efik), onugbu (Igbo), ityuna (Tiv), oriwo (Edo), Awɔnwono (Akan), chusar-doki or shuwaka (Hausa), mululuza (Luganda), labwori (Acholi), olusia (Luo), ndoleh (Cameroon) and olubirizi (Lusoga
Lifespan: Perennial
Growth Structure: small tree to 10 ft
Light Requirement: Full sun
Water Requirement: ***

Description: African bitter leaf touts many health benefits! Typically consumed as a leafy green vegetable, it can be put in soups, salads, teas, juices, and more, and it can also be dried and powdered. It's bitter taste is an acquired one, but the benefits definitely outweigh the moment on the tongue. 

Bitter Leaf is known to be great for digestive tract and detoxification and can be used for the treatment of nausea, diabetes, loss of appetite, and other gastrointestinal tract problems in their patients.