Swamp cabbage facts

Swamp cabbage also known as water spinach has high content of iron and is used as a treatment for intestinal disorders and gastric problems. It can be found in moist soils such as muddy banks and streams. It spreads quickly from the plant fragments. It has a floating seeds that allow effective settlement of areas.

Name Swamp cabbage
Scientific Name Ipomoea aquatica
Native Ipomoea aquatic is native to Asia, Africa and southwestern Pacific
Islands.
Common/English Name Water Spinach, River Spinach, Kangkong, Water convolvulus, Water Morning Glory, Chinese Watercress, Chinese spinach, Chinese convolvulus
Name in Other Languages Japanese: asagaona
Hausa: áwárwáróó
Thai: bai phai
Ilokano: baláñgög
Malayalam: ballel
Portuguese: batata aquatica
Spanish: batatilla acuatica
Marind: beehob
Spanish: boniato de agua
Spanish: camotillo
Ilokano: cancon
Mandarin Chinese: cao coi
Kubu: daoen deli dili di
Fulfulde: delbol
Japanese: en-sai
Spanish: espinaca aquática
Eastern Panjabi: ganthian
Western Panjabi: ganthian
Vietnamese: giàu muông
Danish: gladgrøntsag
Malagasy: ialanda
Tidore: kako
Minangkabau: kalajau
Sanskrit: kalamba
Hindi: kalmai saaga
Hindi, Bengali, Nepali: kalmi sag
Thai Shan: kamchon
Sinhalese: kan-kun
Malay: kang kong
Bentong, Buru, Gorontalo: kangko
Madurese: kangkoeĕng
Dutch, Javanese: kangkong
Palauan, Belau: kangkum
Tok pisin: kango
Chamorro: kankong
Bolango: kanto
Tamil: karkarei valli
Maluku: kingkoi
Korean: kong sim chae
Tharu: kramuwan
Parbate: kulum sag
Mende: laylayduuji
French: liseron d’eau
Nauruan: lorenzo
Fijian: luve ni tombithi
Somali: maaloole
Korean: mul si keum ch’i
Marathi: nadi-shaka
Gujarati: nálichi baji
Bengali: nalike
Bugis: naniri
Tengah: nggango dano
Karen: no do
Marind: oetangko
Latin: olus-vagum
Cantonese Chinese: ong tung tsoi
Fijian: ota karisa
Laotian: pak bong phak bong
Tonsawang, Gorontalo: panangoi
Italian: patate aquatica
French: patate aquatique
Thai: phak thot yot
Tonsawang: pintoer
Hindi: pui-sag
Minangkabau: roempoen
Rarotongan: rukau taviri
Atjeh: rumpun
Mongondow, Gorontalo: sajor
Malay: sajor kankong
Lembak: sajoran lalap
Puluwatese, Chuukese: seeri
Gorontalo: sĕriokang
Ririo: sisu lum
Batatana: sisu lumi
German: Sumpf-Trichterwinde
Makian, Galela, Tidore: takako
Bisáya, Aklanon, Ilokano: tangkong
Makasar: tanidri
Pamona: tatanggo
Kiribati: te kang kong
Telugu: thota-kura
Khmer: trâ kuön
Buru: utango
Italian: vellucchio d’acqua
Fijian: wa kumala
Polish: wilec wodny
Plant Growth Habit Semiaquatic, herbaceous plant with milky sap
Growing Climate Tropical and subtropical
Soil Moist soil
Plant Size Length: 3 m
Stem Hollow, floating; Length: 3 m (9 ft.)
Leaf Alternate, simple, arrow head shaped-lanceolate, Length: 5-15 cm (2-6 inches); Breadth: 2-8 cm (0.8-3 inches)
Flower Trumpet shaped, white; Diameter: 3-5 cm (1-2 inches)
Fruit shape & size Oval or spherical, woody when matures; Width: 1 cm (1/2 inches)
Flavor/aroma Pleasant, mild and sweet flavor
Seed 1-4 seeds, gray
Varieties/Types
  • Bamboo leaf
  • Round leaf
Major Nutritions (Raw) Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) 30.8 mg (34.22%)
Vitamin A, RAE 176 µg (25.14%)
Iron, Fe 0.94 mg (11.75%)
Magnesium, Mg 40 mg (9.52%)
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 32 µg (8.00%)
Threonine 0.078 g (4.43%)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.056 mg (4.31%)
Calcium, Ca 43 mg (4.30%)
Sodium, Na 63 mg (4.20%)
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 0.054 mg (4.15%)
Health Benefits
  • Skin health
  • Absorbs minerals
  • Free radicals
  • Anti-inflammatory activity
  • Treats cancer
  • Immunity power
  • Enhance mood
  • Reduce muscle spasms
  • Treats anemia
  • Treats sleep disorders
Calories in 1 cup chopped (56 gm) Raw 11 Kcal.
Precautions         
  • The intake of raw Swamp cabbage may transmit an intestinal fluke parasite called Fasciolopsis buski that can cause fasciolopsiasis.
  • Swamp cabbage might lower the levels of blood sugar.