Gotu Kola

Also known as the "herb of longevity", Gotu Kola has been used in Ayurvedic, Chinese and Indonesian medicine. Reputed to be able to boost brain power, heal skin issues, promote liver and kidney health..

Scientific Name : Centella Asiatica

Common Names : Centella, Asiatic Pennywort

Malay Name : Pegaga

Chinese Name : 积雪草, 崩大碗

Tamil : Vallari Kirai

Growing :
Gotu Kola is the Sri Lankan name for this invasive weed. You have probably seen it at roadsides, under MRT tracks. It grows best under semi or full shade. It a water loving plant so it’s best to keep the soil moist. It grows rapidly and they are propagated by cuttings with roots.

Eating :
The leaves have a slightly bitter flavour. Most cultures eat it raw as a salad. You just wash them clean and throw into your salad. Our favourite is a variation of the original Sri Lankan Sambol recipe with lots of pumpkin seeds (magnesium) mixed in.

Nutrition :
The fresh leaves reported contain the following 1:

Calcium : 170mg

Phosphorous : 30mg

Iron : 3.1mg

Potassium : 414mg

Beta-carotene : 6.58mg

Thiamine : 0.15mg

Riboflavin : 0.14mg

Niacin : 1.2mg

Asorbic Acid : 4mg


References :

  1. Benefits & Uses Of Gotu Kola by Live Strong
  2. Gotu Kola by Sigma-Aldrich
  3. Gotu Kola : “Two Leaves A Day Keep Old Age Away” by Forever Healthy And Young
  4. Gotu Kola by Secrets Of Longevity

The contents and refereces in this posting are for educational purposes only. Please consult your medical professional before consuming this food either cooked or raw, especially if you have any medical conditions.