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 flowers and small purplish fruits of the plant have also been eaten.
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.
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.
Why Plant Katuk?
The nutritional value of Katuk is impressive. The following compares its nutritional values with that of Spinach. The quantity is per ½ cup serving of fresh leaves.
Protein: 4.9 g Katuk – 0.43 g Spinach
Calcium: 51 mg Katuk – 15 mg Spinach
Iron: 2.7 mg Katuk – 0.4 mg Spinach
Vitamin A: 1122 IU – Katuk 1407 IU Spinach
Vitamin C: 83 mg Katuk – 4.2 mg Spinach