Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Corchorus olitorius 野麻婴 Mulukkhiya

Well known in Egyptian cuisine, Mulukkhiya means “the vegetable for kings” in Arabic. The herb is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, K, calcium, iron, potassium and zinc. When chopped, the leaves ooze a powerful curative slime known as muchin, which is said to be able to help strengthen the veins, and lubricate and repair injured mucus membranes. In Egypt, it is usually cooked finely chopped-up in a soup, and served with a garlic-coriander dip.

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