Friday, 3 June 2022



The above shown image is the "Ponnanganni " in Tamil, a variety of greens similar to spinach. It is grown in our terrace garden. Let's get to know more about the ways to grow it in your garden and the benefits of consuming the same.

Ponnanganni leaves have many common names including Ponnanganni Keerai, Ponnaganti Koora, Matsyaakshi, Mukunuwenna, Gudari Saag, and Dwarf Copper Spinach, Water Amaranth, and Sessile Joyweed in English. It is also known as "golden plant.” It is regularly consumed and advised by Ayurvedic teachers to be used to soothe indigestion, to keep the eyes healthy, bring a natural glow to the skin, and to cool the body in the hot summer months. It is also widely used in the Indian Ayurvedic system to help treat various conditions from fevers, diarrhea, to skin irritations. 
Ponnanganni leaves can be used in both raw and cooked applications such as boiling, stir-frying, and sautéing. They are used in dals, soups, and chutneys and served over rice. The leaves are also consumed as a daily vegetable in simple stir-fries or salads. To prepare, select young, tender shoots and remove the stems.  These are high in vitamin A, calcium, beta-carotene, dietary fiber, iron, and vitamin C.
These can be grown round the year. The  seeds  can be bought from the stores and sown  in your garden. But if you don’t get seeds, then you can also plant the stem to harvest this green. It is so easy to plant this interesting green and you don't need a big gardening space either. In a mud pot, mix the soil well and after using the leaf part for food, just plant the remaining stem part in the mud. Water them regularly and they will grow well on its own.

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