Senegalia pennata and Vernonia amygdalina

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    void_genesis Junior Member

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    I recently came across material for some uncommon south east asian perennial vegetables, Senegalia pennata and Vernonia amygdalina. They are both small trees/large shrubs that have edible young leaves, used in south east asian cooking. They are known as Cha-om and bitterleaf as well, respectively. The first is a ferny leaved leguminous tree with spiny branches, the second is a daisy with broad leaves that is also effective for treating worms and even malaria.

    Does anyone have experiences eating these vegetables and reflections/recommendations?

    Has anyone grown these before? I am in a subtropical climate (light frosts every few winters) in eastern Australia, so I think they should grow well in the right spot (maybe too well!).
     
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    Just realised the Vernonia bitterleaf is actually Piper lolot. I also have a big patch of Piper sarmentosa already growing that I haven't figured out how to use yet. Does anyone have experience cooking it or P. lolot? I have seen it for sale for a while in permaculture circles....
     
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    None of those are familiar to me. Elisabeth Fekonia is the Sunny Coast expert on tropical veges - she might know, or even have plant material.
     
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    She does talks at Yandina now and again and I've noticed there is another person now doing tropical veggie talks as well.

    Check out Yandina Community Gardens.
     
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    I realise that this post is quite old now, but if you are still interested, I make Nigerian bitter leaf soup (usually using the dried leaf) and would love to swap a recipe for a cutting or two :)
    I think they should grow well in the sub-tropics but I would like to try bitter leaf in Sydney. I believe there is at least one Nigerian family living in Sydney who has grown it successfully, so I'd like to give it a go.

    Cheers,
    Michelle
     

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