Ipomoea aquatica/ Water Spinach (Ipomoea aquatica) , also known as water spinach, chai in Teochew and Hokkien, ong choy (__) in Cantonese, kongxincai (___) in Mandarin Chinese,, is scientifically classified as Kingdom: Plantae (unranked): Angiosperms (unranked): Eudicots (unranked): Asterids Order: Solanales Family: Convolvulaceae Genus: Ipomoea Species: I. aquatica.
Water spinach is an herbaceous aquatic or semi-aquatic perennial plant of the tropics or subtropics. Leaves are flat, and vary in shape depending on variety, from heart-shaped to long, narrow and arrow-shaped. Narrow leaves are 1-2.5 cm wide and 20-30 cm long. Broad leaves are up to 5 cm wide and 15-25 cm long.
Water spinach is a powerhouse of nutrients that benefit your body as well as your skin and brain. It contains abundant quantities of water, iron, vitamin C, vitamin A and other nutrients and can be eaten cooked or raw. It is mostly used in salads as well as other dishes to boost their nutrient content. Juice of water spinach is also very beneficial.
|Vitamin A IU||%||0mg|
|Vitamin A equivalent||39%||315mg|
|B1 - Thiamine||3%||0.03mg|
|B2 - Riboflavin||8%||0.1mg|
|B3 - Niacin||6%||0.9mg|
|B5 - Pantothenic acid||3%||0.141mg|
|B6 - Vitamin||7%||0.096mg|
|B9 - Folate||14%||57mg|
|Cycles per Year||4.56|
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