Raw Indian Pennywort Leaves Are Edible
indian pennywort
Indian pennywort is also called asiatic pennywort. It is called "daun pegaga" in Malay. Its Chinese name literally means chipped big bowl due to the shape of its leaf. Its botanical name is Centella asiatica. From rough observation, there seems to be two varieties, one with smaller leaves, and another with much larger leaves.

It is a low growing herbaceous plant. Its leafstalks are hollow. With its special leaf shape, it has artistic value.

Its leaves together with the long leaf stalk can be eaten raw as salad or together with rice. It can taste a little bitter, although sometimes bitterness is absent, especially if the leaf is not too old.

It is a tropical and perenniel herb. It can be propagated by cuttings. It can survive on a balcony that has no direct sunlight. It is fast growing. The pot should be wide and shallow due to its trailing characteristic.

Posted: 2016-12-04; updated: 2017-01-06 by Ong Seng Aun.
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