What is Moroheiya?

What is Moroheiya?

Moroheiya also known as mulukhiya or mallow leaf (Corchuros in Lat.) has been cultivated in Egypt since ancient times. Its fibers are spun into jute while its young shoots and leaves are harvested as a vegetable and used in traditional Egyptian dishes and stews. However not many people know that this seemingly humble plant has a very surprising nutritional value.As the Japanese Ministry of Education and Science reported, moroheiya contains great amounts of vitamins, minerals and dietary fibers in quantities that surpass most known vegetables and herbs. http://greenoodle.com/images/stories/Corchorus_trilocularis_in_Hyderabad_AP_W_IMG_0433.jpg

 

The diagram below compares moroheiya to some of the common vegetables.(See also Comparison Chart)
 
The moroheiya used in GreeNoodles is grown on an organic IFOAM certified farm in Thailand, where the tropical climate is very well suited to the plant allowing it to be harvested twice a year.

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Moroheiya Nutrition Comparison Chart

PER 100 GRAM EDIBLE PORTION

(Source: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Scientic Technology of Japan, 2005)

Moroheiya

Spinach

Carrot

Broccoli

Potassium (mg) 530 690 280 360
Calcium (mg) 260 49 28 38
Copper (mg) 0.33 0.11 0.04 0.08
Manganese (mg) 1.32 0.32 0.1 0.22
Vitamin A Alpha Caroten (µg) 0 0 2800 4
Beta Carotene (µg) 10000 4200 7700 800
Cryptoxanthin (µg) 76 34 0 7
Beta Carotene Equivalents (µg) 10000 4200 9100 810
Retinol Activity Equivalents (µg) 840 350 760 67
Vitamin B (Thiamin) (mg) 0.18 0 0.05 0.14
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) (mg) 0.42 0.2 0.04 0.2
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxin) (mg) 0.35 0 0.11 0.27
Vitamin B9 (Folate) (µg) 250 210 28 210
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) (mg) 65 35 4 120
Dietary Soluable (g) 1.3 0.7 0.7 0.7
Insoluable (g) 4.6 2.1 2 3.7
Total (g) 5.9 2.8 2.7 4.4