Okra and other crops like jute mallow are produced mainly for subsistence because they are perceived as less profitable crops as also reported by Kessler et al.
 reveals that nutrient content of various vegetables can vary between accessions, thus critical to diversity within accessions of the same crop (for examples AB2 and DB3 accessions of eggplant --Solanum aethiopicum) and not only between various crops (for example, jute mallow and African eggplant).
Nightshade (Solanum scabrum), amaranth (Amaranthus cruentus) and Jute mallow
(Corchorus olitorius) are the three most grown vegetables in the peri-urban area of Yaounde.
By ethnic group, nightshade was the second most preferred indigenous vegetable for the Bantu and Semi Bantu, while amaranth and jute mallow
were the second most preferred indigenous vegetables for the Sudanese (Table 3).
Figure 1 below shows that the most popular indigenous vegetable was cowpea leaves (Vigna unguiculata) where more than 23% of the stalls had it displayed for sale; this was followed by Jute mallow
(Corchorus olitorius) (11.7%).
Food considered for analysis were kales (Brasica oleracea var acephala), cowpea leaves (Vigna unguiculata), African vegetable nightshade (Solanum spp), pumpkin leaves (Cucurbita maxima), jute mallow
(Corchorus olitorius), Spider plant (Cleome gynadra), slenderleaf (Crotalarias ochroleuca), amaranths (Amaruthus lividus), orange-fleshed sweet potatoe (Ipomea butatus) and Ethiopian kales (Brassica carinata).
The veggies he sells include managu (African nightshade), kunde (cow peas), spinach, mrenda (jute mallow
) and dodo (amaranth).Kiriza's day begins at 3am, with his first stop being Muthurwa market where vegetables from Busia, Kisumu and Kakamega are brought.
The company manufactures and processes artichokes, strawberries, and fava beans, with plans to manufacture new vegetable varieties next year, including okra, green beans, and jute mallow
, as production from the third line begins next year, elaborated Greeno's chairperson.
is an important source of nutrients, income and traditional medicine in Kenya.
(Corchorus spp.) is a very nutritious African traditional vegetable and has been in use in many households [1-4].
IVs include sweet potato (camote), taro ( gabi), cassava, black nightshade (amti), amaranth (kalunay), chayote, edible fern (pako), beggartick (puriket), spinach, water cress, Ceylon spinach (alugbati ), water cabbage (kangkong), waterleaf (talinum), wild cherry tomato, winged bean (sigarilyas/pallang), jute mallow
(saluyot), horseradish leaves and pods, sesbania (katuray), among others.
From the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture Technology (JKuat), Prof Mary Abukutsa-Onyango has released nine new varieties of indigenous super vegetables such as African Nightshade, Vine spinach, Jute mallow
, and Spider-plant, which are ready for commercialisation.According to her, the qualities that cut across some of these varieties include being high in antioxidants, highly medicinal, high anthocyanin content, dense in micro-nutrients, early maturity and resilience to adverse conditions.