The leaves of the Chakra muni, as it is called here, have a nutty taste and can be eaten as a salad, or cooked and made into a curry. A native of Malaysia, the Sweet Leaf plant is loaded with vitamins A, B and C. It is also one of the very few vegetables to have vitamin K.
But this wonder vegetable has a sinister side, which I came to know only when I was researching for my blog. Excessive intake of the leaves causes dizziness, and more frighteningly, lung damage. It is recorded that some people in Taiwan who consumed too much of the Sweet leaf for reducing weight, became victims of a rapid and progressive lung disease.
I called my friend and told her what I had found out about this vegetable.