Indigenous treasure vegetables, Rumput Israel (Asystasia gangetica)

Rumput Israel is an indigenous treasure for vegetables.  Based on information from the world vegetable centre, they mention that Rumput Israel (Asystasia gangetica) is one of the promising vegetables for the world. It may come to the reason of high nutrition content from its species. 

Natural Anesthetic Plant

Natural Anesthetic Plant – Jotang (Spilanthes acmella var. paniculata)

As a natural anesthetic plant, nowadays Jotang (Spilanthes acmella var. paniculata) is currently common as a weed in gardens or rice fields. Grows shrubs in humid and wet areas. On the edge of ditches, gardens, and rice fields. Its species has a wide distribution range. We can found them from the lowlands to the highlands.

wild medicinal plant

Wild medicinal plant – Seuseureuhan (Piper aduncum)

The wild medicinal plant is one of the gifts for Indonesia.  The huge rainforest is the best home for many medicinal plants species.  it has been a long time since Indonesia was famous as the land of diversity for plants and animals.  medicinal plants are also abundant in Indonesia.  But, there are many underutilized. Unfortunately, deforestation is a serious issue related to diversity.

forgotten vegetable and medicinal plant

Forgotten Vegetable and Medicinal Plant – Kemarungan (Coccinia grandis)

Forgotten vegetable and medicinal plant are an interesting topic. Kemarungan (Coccinia grandis) are popular among the Indonesian X-generation childhood.  During the 80s-90s, this plant was still often found growing wild in gardens or on land boundary fields. Children at that time called the fruit of this plant, as snake food.  But nowadays, Kemarungan is difficult to find. This species may also put in the list of marginal vegetables in Indonesia.

Kadsura scandens - Wild Edible Liana Fruits

Wild Edible Liana Fruits – Kadsura scandens

There are many wild edible liana fruits in the tropical region.  When you are in the Indonesian rain forest if you are lucky you will see one of the wild edible Liana fruit.  The fruit’s appearance is unique.  At first glance, it may look like a sugar apple.  When it is young, the fruit color is light green. But, when they are ripe enough, their color is turning to yellowish-orange.

Medicinal and vegetable plant

Medicinal And Vegetable Plant | Sembukan (Paederia foetida)

Sembukan (Paederia foetida) is one of the traditional medicinal and vegetable plant in Indonesia. The leaves can be eaten raw or usually cooked first. Their stems and leaves emit an unpleasant odor. The smell we can feel when we stand near to the plant. And it will increase sharply when we squeeze the leaves. When it becomes food, an unpleasant odor will be felt on the breath and when farting.