Bitterleaf

Appears in

Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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bitterleaf a name given to Vernonia amygdalina, an African shrub, and some other plants of the same genus. The leaves are used in W. and S. Africa as a pot-herb or for seasoning. Cultivation, practised on a small scale, had produced plants whose leaves are less bitter than those gathered from the wild.

These leaves are readily available in Nigerian markets, either fresh or dried.