African Bitter Leaf

Veronia amygdalena

This small shrub’s taste lives up to its name. For maximum palatability, African bitterleaf’s large green leaves should be washed to reduce bitterness and used fresh or dried to flavour soups, stews, and meat dishes, and can even be brewed into beer! Called ‘Africa’s Miracle plant’, leaves are traditionally used in the treatment of intestinal parasites, diabetes, and malaria. The plant also has a multitude of other uses – from using twigs as chewing sticks for dental hygiene, to soap being made from its stems.

Water: Prefers moist soil

Hardiness: Frost Hardy

Habit: 6 to 16' tall

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Moderate water, don't overwater

Origin: West Africa

African Bitter Leaf