Gongura or గోంగూర in Telugu, also known as Roselle in English, is a green leafy vegetable plant that is widely consumed across multiple states in India. However, it is highly popular and most loved in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states of India. Botanically, It is called with the Scientific Name Hibiscus Sabdariffa and belongs to the Malvaceae also known as Mallows family.

Gongura is a red or green stemmed plant that is widely grown across the Caribbean, Central America, India, Africa, Brazil, Australia, Hawaii, Florida, and the Philippines. The leaves of Gongura are the most consumed component of the plant. 

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Gongura - Benefits

Taste & Looks of Gongura Leaves:

The leaves of Gongura are an excellent source of riboflavin, folate, zinc, iron, antioxidants, and vitamins A and C. The leaves of Gongura are broad and a single complete leaf during the baby stages of the plant. As the plant grows, the leaves split into 4 or more parts. Leaves of Gongura are usually alternate and green like with any other leafy vegetable with red veins and the endings of the leaf are toothed.

Gongura leaves are sour in taste and are mainly grown for its culinary and medicinal value as an herb. Gongura leaves with red stem are sourer than the one with green stem and the sourness of the leaves depends on the climatic conditions of the region in which it is grown. The hotter the region, the sourer the leaves. 

What is Gongura called in my native language?

Gongura has multiple names and below are a few names as it is called in various states and languages of India:

  • In Tamil Nadu, It is popular as Pulicha Keerai (In Tamil: புளிச்சைக் கீரை)
  • In Andhra Pradesh & Telangana, It is famous as Gongura
  • In Orissa, It is called as Khatta Palanga
  • In Northern and Central Karnataka, It is known as Pundi Palle (In Kannada: ಪುಂಡಿ ಪಲ್ಲೆ)
  • In Maharashtra or Marathi, It is known as Ambaadi (अंबाडी)
  • In Bengali, it is called as Mestapat
  • In Gujarati, it is known as Ambadi

Nutritional Potential of Gongura or Roselle:

In terms of nutrition, Gongura or any green leafy vegetables, in general, are an essential part of a balanced diet. They are low in calories (100 g of raw leaves provide just 49 kcalories) and offer higher nutritional benefits. 

  • Its leaves are rich in dietary fibers.
  • It contains vitamins such as Vitamin A, B1, B2 & C.
  • A Study reveals that the leaves of Gongura can be used as potential sources of vitamins, minerals, phenolics with antioxidant activity and antimicrobial agents.

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