A Typical African Plant | Afang or Ogasi Leaf (Wild Spinach)

in Steem Africa2 months ago


Gnetaceae (Gnetum Africanum) is locally known "Afang" or "Ogasi" but called "Wild Spinach" in English.

Wild Spinach is a tropical wild climbing plant found in Nigeria (especially found in Abia, Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Imo and Cross River States.

It's a good economic plant. Many families plant it as their major source of livelihood.

Health Benefits of Wild Spinach

  1. It helps in the development of strong bones and teeth.
  2. It lowers blood pressure
  3. It is very good laxative and helps treat constipation due to its high fiber content.
  4. It has anti-inflammatory properties
  5. Very good in treating anemia
  6. It lower blood sugar in diabetic patients

Most people use Afang or Ogasi Leaves to prepare soup to be eaten with swallow. Others use it for salad preparation.

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