Monday, June 16, 2014



Bayam kramek or sessile joyweed (Alternanthera sessilis) is almost similar to the Alligator weed that I have posted yesterday.
This plant is a member of Amaranthaceae family.
This plant also loves damp and wet land, but still grow well on the dry land.
Bayam kramek is well known as aquatic plant.
We can find it on the edge of the pond, lake, river or rice field.
This weed is also invasive.
This is a perennial herb with prostrate stems, rarely ascending, often rooting at the nodes.

It is often cultivated for food or for use in herbal medicines.
It is diuretic, tonic and cooling. 
Juice of this plant, deemed beneficial to eyes.
The shoot is also as an ingredient of traditional hair oils or hair tonic

Leaves along with the flowers and tender stems are used as vegetable.
The upper part of this plant (shoot and young leaves) is usually steamed or boiled, then it's eaten with sambal urab (spicy grated coconut). 
This weed is usually sold locally on the traditional market, together with other weeds in the same bundle.

Have you find edible weeds on your home garden?
Enjoy your day, and happy gardening...


  1. Not familiar with this one. We mostly eat fiddleheads and dandelions.

    1. We also usually use dandelion, but especially for medicinal purposes. Young dandelion leaves are steamed or boiled, and eaten with rice and chilli sauce. But I have ever heard about fiddleheads, sound so interesting! I have to googling about that, may I could find it here. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lambsquarter is our favorite wild plant around our garden and yard.

    1. Wow... again, it's new for me. I'm sure it must be so interesting and yummy too. I have too googling soon. Thanks for sharing.

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