Sika seeds from East-west are a cultivar of Gboma leaves or Igbagba (Solanum macrocarpon) which are the bitter and nutritious leaves of a West African cousin of the eggplant. Late flowering and early maturing variety with strong plant vigour, large and shiny green leaves, excellent branching and high yield potential. Sika has good holding capacity on the field during all seasons with multiple successive cuttings possible.
Features of Sika seeds
- Large and shiny leaves
- Late flowering
- Early maturing
- Good regenerative power.
- Less serrated leaf type
Health benefits of eating Gboma or Igbagba Leaves
- Gboma is used in traditional medicine for the treatment of various maladies such as asthma, skin infections, rheumatic disease, gastro-oesophageal reflux diseases, constipation, diabetes as well as weight reduction
- It contains vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C, E, folic acid, niacin, potassium, thiamin, riboflavin etc that contribute to the growth and maintenance of good health.
- It contains appreciable amounts of antioxidants (flavonoids, phenolics, ascorbic acid and tocopherols) which are scavengers of harmful radicals that are known to cause cellular damage, heart diseases, cancer, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
- It is rich in dietary fibre which is an important nutrient found only in plant foods. As part of a healthy diet, fibre helps scour bad cholesterol out of arteries, thus lowering the risk of heart disease. Fibre keeps the digestive system running smoothly.