Common Name:- Water leaf
Malayalam Name:- Sambar Cheera
Botanical Name:- Talinum Triangulara
This is a shade loving leafy vegetable grown throughout the year. The crop is adapted to a wide range of soil conditions. The leaves and succulent stems are used for preparing curries. Nutritive value is almost the same as amaranth.
Water leaf is considered as an ethnic food with high nutritional value, it has a rich amount of protein in almost the same as amaranth.
The leaves and succulent stems are good sources of iron, calcium, vitamin A and vitamin C.
It is easy to propagate and very economical since we can plant it almost in any soil.
Prepare the land by ploughing or digging followed by levelling. Then shallow trenches of width 30-35 cm are made 30 cm apart. Plant Semi hard stem cuttings of 10-15 cm length in the shallow trenches at a distance of 30 cm in two rows.
The average yield is 2.0-2.5 kg/m2.
The experimental work in animals done by the University of Ilorin, has shown that Water leaf reduces fatty liver and cholesterol.
Water leaf can be prepared just like spinach or amaranth. It can stir-fry or make curries just like spinach.
Water leaf could absorb heavy metals more than other plants. So we should be careful that we use good soil for planting Water leaf .