TELFARIA OCCIDENTALIS OR UGWU BY OLALEKAN ODUNTAN.
UGWU is a wonderful vegetable plant and its botanical name is called Telfaria Occidentalis which belongs to the family of Cucurbitaceae. The edible leaves are prepared as vegetable soup to eat with rice, beans or solid foods like Eba, Amala or pounded yam. Telfaria Occidentalis leaves are highly medicinal and they are a very good source of blood tonic to human body. They can be squeezed to get the juice out to cure blood related problems in children and adults. The leaves also take care of health problems like convulsion and gastro-intestinal disorders. The leaves of Telfaria Occidentalia take care of anaemic situations in children and adults. Blood tonic is sourced locally from the leaves of Telfaria Occidentalis and without necessarily squeezing the juice out to drink, they can be cooked and eaten like that to get the desired good health results in our body.