Fumbwa or Mfumbwa (scientifically known as Gnetum africanum) is a popular variety of greens (edible vegetable leaves just like cassava leaves) found abundantly in Central, South America and subtropical Asia.
The Leaves are eaten as a vegetable, either raw or finely chopped and cooked. They are also widely used as an ingredient in soups and stews and much in demand for their nutritional and therapeutic properties. Fumbua -- literally "found" because it grows wild in the forest and is usually not cultivated. It is a natural "forest product" that is gathered by rural people and sold in markets in small and big cities. In English, Gnetum africanum is usually also called "wild spinach" (though other plants are also called the same). But most of us are familiar with its various native name such as the Okazi leaves or Afang leaf (in Nigeria), Dry Eru or Okok (in Cameroon), KoKo (in Angola, Gabon, Central African Republic) and m’fumbua (Mfumbwa) or Fumbua (Fumbwa) at the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Dry Fumbwa (sun dried) is obtained by dehydrating fresh fumbwa for several hours to reduce the water content. This product is 100% Natural, No any additives and Non GMO.
Fumbwa, Okok, Okazi, Eru... whatever you call it, Gnetum africanum is a very popular plant in Africa. It is recognized as having therapeutic virtues. For example, in natural medicine, Okok is used to treat high blood pressure and hemorrhoids, but also against sore throat, dilation of the spleen and against constipation due to its high content of fibre. The health benefits of Fumbwa are an attribute of their rich antioxidants, vitamins and minerals content.Fumbwa is an excellent source of aspartic acid, dietary fibre, protein, vitamins, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, manganese, potassium, copper, glutamic acid, cysteine, leucine and essential amino acids that are required by the body.