Ceylon Spinach is rich in antioxidants, particularly beta carotene and lutein - naturally occurring chemicals that help keep your cells from aging. The purple variety seems to be slightly higher in antioxidants, most likely anthocyanins due to the colour.
Ulam Raja is a medicinal herb and has been used for centuries for numerous metabolic disorders. These uses have been authenticated over the last couple of decades as the plant has been found in laboratory research to reduce blood pressure and bone loss.
This climber was introduced to America in the 19th century as an ornamental plant. It flowers profusely and has beautiful purple or green pods. It is cultivated widely in North Africa and Asia for its edible pods, since 1700BC.
Also known as "Poor Man's Spinach", it belongs to the family of Amaranthaceae which is known as leaf vegetable rich in iron and other minerals. It is a perennial, prefers shade and can even be grown as a ground cover..
Eaten in India as "Gongura", the edible leaves of the "Whitten" strand have up to 34% Protein. The seeds can be ground into a gluten free flour for baking. It is a fast growing plant (faster than weeds), requires little water and can sequester 8x more carbon than evergreen trees