Saturday, 25 April 2015

Ugu "Pumpkin Leaf" juice

Way back before it was cool to juice vegetables, i remember my mum used to do it without any fancy equipment especially when i was recovering from a bout of illness. Malaria was the most common culprit which always knocked me down time and time again. Whenever this happens, momma would go into action.
She'd get a handful of Ugu leaves, wash and steam it for a short while to extract the juice, strain the liquid and mix it with something sweet like malt (i've got a sweet tooth so i couldn't take it ordinarily) then give it to me to drink. In a short while, i'd regain my strength and become my normal bubbly self. It got to a point where, i got so used to this drink that whenever i was feeling faint or looking Anemic, i'd beg to be given the juice mixture because it worked like magic....even way faster than refined drugs such as folic acid & vitamin B complex. Pumpkin leaf "Ugu" juice is packed with loads of nourishing goodness. It is often often taken plain or mixed with malt, ginger or fruits such as apple, pineapple, orange or grape to improve the flavor

Ingredients:::
• A handful ugu leaves
• 1 cup water
• Orange, Ginger, grape juice or Malt drink - Optional

Directions:::
Method 1: If you don't have a blender, simply place the leaves in a pot, add water and heat it up for about 5 minutes. This is done to sterilize it and kill the germs.Turn off the burner and let it steep for a while in the hot water. Once it cools down, mix it with chilled malt, orange/ginger/grape/apple/ pineapple juice and serve.

Method 2: Instead of boiling, you could simply rinse with salt and place the leaves in a blender, add some water and blend. Strain out the juice and mix it with any of the drinks listed in method 1. Serve!




Health benefits of Pumpkin leaves:::
The Fluted pumpkin leaf (Telfairia occidentalis ) is known by different names across Africa. In Nigeria it is known as Ugu, In Ghana it is known as Krobonko, while people from Sierra Leone call it Gonugbe. Fluted pumpkin leaves is rich in potassium, calcium, iron and some Folic acid. it also contains a healthy amount of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Thiamin, Niacin, vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, magnesium and phosphorus, and a very good source of dietary fibre, riboflavin, Copper and Manganese.

• The anti-oxidants, such as alpha-carotene and Beta–carotene contained in it helps to slow down ageing process and also helps to eliminate free radicals which are responsible for cancerous growths.

• Carotene converts to vitamin A in the body. Aside from the vision benefits in Vitamin A that the leaves provide, there are also numerous skin benefits.

• The iron contained in the leaves helps to improve blood levels as well as prevent anemia. This means that the leaves is good for those with; Heavy menstrual periods, Pregnancy or childhood growth spurts, Poor absorption due to gut diseases such as, coeliac disease and Crohn's disease, those who eat poor or restricted diets, those with red blood cell problems such as thalassaemia, sickle cell anaemia and those with bone marrow problems and leukaemia.

• Vitamin C in the leaves helps to heal wounds, form scar tissue, maintain healthy bones, skin, and teeth.

• It is rich in vitamin E, which promotes a healthier skin and in turn slows down the aging of the skin.


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24 comments:

  1. Seriously? Well, I guess if it doesn't kill you it will make you stronger.

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    1. lol! This would definitely make you stronger :)

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  2. Queen3:51 pm

    Awwww....u sure I can take dis....will surely give it a try tho....

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    1. Sure you can take this Queen. It's even Healthier taken raw or steamed a little than cooked intensely.

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  3. Anonymous6:45 pm

    I'll try dis..

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    1. Do keep us posted Anon.

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  4. Thanks for this . Will definitely try it

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    1. You're welcome Linda. Do let us know how it turns out.

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  5. Will definitely try!

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    1. Do keep us posted linda.

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    1. Anonymous7:36 am

      without any other thing added, no it isn't sweet.

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  7. Anonymous9:48 am

    I use take it den with peak milk memories

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  8. i take this often but mine is with milk, very nice..

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  9. i take this often but mine is with milk, very nice..

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  10. Hi, I just tried this juice, I blended mine with very ripe pineapple. Its really nice

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  11. Anonymous12:51 am

    I read that it's safer to steam it for a few minutes. Is that true? That it could harm the liver or kidney otherwise?

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  12. I read that it's safer to steam it for a few minutes. Is that true? That it could harm the liver or kidney otherwise?

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    1. Anonymous7:33 am

      Steaming it helps kill the germs and sterilize it.

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  13. Anonymous12:40 pm

    i'll try this...

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  14. Nathan7:34 pm

    Can someone go into commercial production of Umunnama juice as a natural blood tonic.

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  15. Anonymous8:51 pm

    This is my life right here, anyways just needed to confirm, how long can the juice stay in the fridge for before it goes bad. I just got back from my trip and i'm feeling a bit under the weather, but the ugu juice in my fridge has been there for 2 weeks, it was frozen so it doesnt smell bad or taste funny, it just looks a bit darker. Do u think i can still consume it

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    1. Hi Anon, i wouldn't advice that. Please discard it and make a fresh batch. Drinks like this are best consumed immediately or within 48hrs.

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