Has diuretic, cardiovascular and anti-inflammatory properties. A tea made from the leaves has been used in the treatment of arteriosclerosis and hypertension, and to dissolve kidney stones
Rich in calcium, phosphorus, energy, moisture, carbohydrate
In Brazil and other Latin American countries, it is breaded and fried or used in salads, soups and soufflés. In Nepal different varieties of curries are made. In South Indian cuisine, it is used in vegetable stews.