Fluted Pumpkin Leaf
Fluted pumpkin leaves (ugu leaf) are a byproduct of the fluted pumpkin plant, also called the telefairia occidentalis. Fluted pumpkin leaves are growing in popularity due to their highly nutritional nature.
Think of this delicious treat as a super green! This leafy vegetable that is grown widely in West Africa, with Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone. Commonly known as ugu in Nigeria, the leaves are frequently added to soups or sometimes juiced!
Health Benefits of Fluted Pumpkin Leaves
Ugu leaves provide a rich source of vitamins A, C and E, iron, magnesium, potassium, antioxidants and unsaturated fatty acids.
Packed with protein and healthy fat, the fluted pumpkin leaf provides magnesium and essential amino acids to help promote cardiovascular health. Rich in healthy fats and antioxidants, fluted pumpkin leaves have been proven to provide benefits for heart and liver health, particularly when consumed with other leafy greens. A great source of zinc, the ugu leaf also stimulates the immune system, ultimately keeping our bodies healthier.Studies have also linked fluted pumpkin leaves to boosting fertility, lowering cholesterol levels, and boosting the immune system
Fluted pumpkin leaf provides a rich source of:
- Omega-3 Fats (Plant Based)
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
Uses of Fluted Pumpkin Leaves
- Soups and Main Courses: In Africa, a region where soups are a fundamental aspect of nutrition, fluted pumpkin leaves are a major ingredient in soup and a common ingredient in daily meals.
- Salad: add this nutritious leafy green to your favorite salad mix for an additional nutritious boost!
- Juice: the ugu leaf is often added to smoothies or juiced for its nutritional values.
Naturalike Fluted Pumpkin Leaves
At Naturalike, we source all of our fluted pumpkin leaves directly from the finest farms in Nigeria. We form close relationships with local Nigerian farmers to ensure that we are providing you with the 100% natural goodness and high quality products that we have become known to deliver. Enjoy!