Katuk (Sauropus androgynus)

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Katuk is an evergreen perennial shrub, also commonly known as Sweet Leaf, Star Gooseberry, or Tropical Asparagus. It reaches up to 8 ft tall with multiple upright stems full of lush, dark green foliage. The leaves have a nutty, sweet flavor and are very high in protein! 

Katuk's tender shoot tips are cultiva ted as tropical asparagus. The small purple flowers and fruits are not only beautiful, but edible as well! All parts of Katuk are highly nutritious and full of vitamins andcan be eaten raw or cooked, in soups, salads, stir fries or steamed. In Indonesia, Katuk is believed to improve the flow of breast milk for breastfeeding mothers.

This plant is native to tropical and subtropical Asia.

How to Grow Katuk

Plant Type: Perennial Shrub, Herb

Harvest Season: Year-round.  Harvest and prune the protein rich leaves often.

Mature Size: 6-7 ft.

Soil & Moisture: Well-drained, moist soil

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade

Zone Hardiness: 9-11 For growers in northern zones, Katuk can be grown as an annual or easily overwintered indoors in pots. 

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