Ugu Seedling (Telfafia occidentalis) is also known as a fluted gourd, fluted pumpkin, Ugu, Ikong-ubong. They belong to the Cucurbitaceae family and originated from West Africa. The Broad leaves Ugu seedling is a perennial climber and grown for its leaves and seeds. They are very nutritious and medicinal.
The fruits are not edible but the seeds produced by the gourd are. They are high in protein and fat and can be included in the dishes to make a well-balanced diet.
- Produces dark green edible leaves.
- It is a leafy vegetable that has edible seeds.
- Ugu is drought tolerant, dioecious, and a perennial climber.
- They develop tendrils that creep and spread on the ground surface.
- Ugu seedlings grow best on sandy-loamy soils and more appropriately on beds supplied with organic or inorganic fertilizer.
- Ugu leaves is a culinary used for making soups, stews, vegetables, sauces, and even used medicinally.
- They germinate 10 days after planting and can start to be consumed at 4 weeks.
- The leaves of Ugu are highly rich in Iron. They reduce blood sugar levels in the body.
- Ugu is Rich in oil which are recommended antioxidants.
- The leaves of Ugu can be blended and used as blood tonic because of their high protein content.
- The shoot and leaves of the Ugu can be consumed as vegetables and used to make soups.
- Ugu may be used to treat attacks of convulsion, malaria, and anaemia.