- In stock, ready to ship
- Inventory on the way
Usually available: October to March
Life cycle: Tender perennial
Position: Sun / part shade
Soil preference: Well drained
This is how we pack and send your Herb Plants to all states except TAS & WA
You will receive
- 1 Sweet Leaf Herb Plant in a 50 X 75mm tube - General growing instructions
All of our Herb Plants are grown organically with certified organic potting mixes and fertilizers
Botanical Name: Sauropus androgynus
Sweet Leaf belongs to the family Phyllanthaceae. It is a tropical plant that grows in Southeast Asia, including countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. Sweet Leaf is also known by other names such as Katuk, Star gooseberry, and Sweet leaf bush.
Sweet Leaf is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 2.5 meters tall. It has broad, oval-shaped leaves that are dark green and shiny. The leaves have a sweet, nutty flavor and are highly nutritious, high in protein, and are a rich source of chlorophyll and potassium, It also contains high levels of vitamins A, B, and C, as well as iron and calcium.
Growing: Sweet Leaf is easy to grow and can be grown in a variety of conditions. It prefers a warm, humid climate and thrives in well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. It can be grown in full sun or partial shade. Prune hard when tall to promote bushy growth. Sweet leaf is dormant in the winter and reshoot in spring. Although frost tender, it will sometimes shoot back after a heavy frost.
Culinary Uses: Sweet Leaf is a versatile plant that can be used in various culinary dishes. The young leaves and shoots are used as a vegetable in salads, sandwiches, stir-fries, and soups. The growing tips are often sold as tropical asparagus and are delicious lightly cooked, either steamed or stir-fried.
Medicinal Uses: Sweet Leaf has been used for centuries in traditional medicine as a natural remedy for various ailments. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties. It is also used to boost the immune system, improve digestion, and treat respiratory infections. In Indonesia, Sweet Leaf is used to make a traditional drink called “Jamu,” which is believed to have medicinal properties.
In the Garden: Sweet Leaf is an attractive plant that can be grown as a hedge or as a container plant. It is also used as an ornamental plant in landscaping and as a shade plant for other crops.
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