Ugu (Fluted Pumpkin Leaf) Scientifically known as Telfairia occidentalis is a tropical vine grown in West Africa as a leaf vegetable and for its edible seeds. Otherwise known as fluted gourd, fluted pumpkin, ugu, and ikong-ubong in native dialects, It belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family and is indigenous to the Eastern & South-Eastern part of Nigeria. See the full LIST OF LEAFY VEGETABLES HERE
It contains a healthy amount of vitamins including; Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 (thiamine), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (nicotinamide), and even Vitamin C (ascorbic acid).
Also, Amino acids like Glutamine, Histidine, Lysine, Methionine, Alanine, Aspartate, Glycine, Tryptophan, Cystine, Leucine, Arginine, Serine, Threonine, Phenylalanine, Valine, Tyrosine, and Isoleucine have been found in Ugu leaves and seeds.
Ugu leaves are also very rich in minerals such as potassium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, calcium, and magnesium
Nutritional Values of Fluted Pumpkin Leaves (Ugu) (90g)
|Pumpkin Leaves Quick Facts|
|Shapes||Large alternate, simple, ovate-cordate- sub orbicular leaves of 20–25 × 25–30 cm|
Vitamin B6 (6.23%)
|Taste||Taste similar to a mixture of green beans, asparagus, broccoli, and spinach|
|Health benefits||Promote the health of the heart, Immune System, Ensures Soft|
and Supple Skin, Fight against cancer, Reduce Symptoms of
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Strengthen our bones, Alleviating
PMS Syndrome, Prevent constipation, Helps Maintain
Dental Health, Helps Prevent Premature Aging