Garden egg leaves or African eggplant leaves are native to West Africa which is predominately cultivated in Nigeria and is grown and consumed more in the southern part of the country. it is called AKWUKWO ANYARA in Igbo and its seed is also called Mkpuru Anyara, EFO IGBO in Yoruba and GANYEN GAUTA in Hausa.

It is characterized by its small roundish nature, green in color and has a bitter-sweet taste.

These vegetables are known as natural blood pumping vegetable especially when eaten raw.

Garden egg leaves or African eggplant leaves contain Vitamin B, C, potassium, and calcium which are beneficial to human health in several ways.


It helps to prevent dialysis by the total cleansing of the kidney naturally.

This leaves serves as detoxifiers to the kidney and it’s more effective when eaten raw or converted into juice by boiling for few seconds and then filtering the juice in a container.

This means that eating of garden egg leaves will naturally help in cleansing the kidney by filtering toxin in the blood.


Garden egg leaves serve as a blood tonic for people suffering from a shortage of blood or anemic patients and is most times recommended by medical experts for use in increasing the blood levels.

To get this benefit, it is advisable that one gets the fresh leaves, wash it with slightly warm water, slice and eat it raw, it can be prepared with Ukpaka (fermented oil bean seeds), crayfish, salt and red oil to serve as a side dish or squeezed to get the juice. The leaf can also be process into powdered form.

Whichever way it is consumed, it performs the same function.


Just like garden egg itself, many African cultures believed that garden egg and its leaves represent fertility, and have been used locally in the treatment of infertility and libido issues.


These vegetables help in the prevention of cancer formation due to the presence of phytochemicals that fight free radicals that are prone to cause inflammations that might lead to cancerous diseases in the body system.

Medicinal Uses

As Herbal medicine: The leaves are medicinal in many areas and have been proven in a diverse range of ways to help in the treatment of many health conditions, and as such as been used traditionally in the treatment of indigestion, infertility, anemia and much more.


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