3 Traditional, Yet Highly Nutritious Luhya Vegetables

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In today’s world, health is a huge priority because many people are trying to stay safe, strong and healthy to keep diseases at bay. And since there has been a huge dietary shift with health experts encouraging people to embrace fruits and vegetables, it’s no doubt that racking up your diet with fresh vegetables and fruits can offer much in the way of improving your health. 

For the Luhya community residing in Western Kenya, it’s not uncommon to find a variety of wild, yet highly nutritious vegetables from time to time. Many wild vegetables are very rich in nutrients such as calcium, vitamins, mineral, iron, and zinc just to mention but a few. If you’d love to go a little wild and explore vegetables, have a scoop at these 3 wild yet highly nutritious vegetables:


Inderema, a climbing plant that twists and turns around like the money plant while growing is a great example of a wild nutritious plant that is common in western Kenya. Its scientific name is Basella Alba. After being prepared, this vegetable assumes a slimy taste that’s similar to Murere. Although it mostly grows in riverine environments, when in the wild, it grows best when planted under the banana shades to keep it away from scorching sunlight which might interfere with its growth. 

  • Tsimboka

This is yet another interesting wild vegetable that’s common in western Kenya. This term is closely related in pronunciation to the Swahili word “mboga” that refers to vegetables. Some of its wild varieties include Digera Murikota, Schimperi and coccinia grandis. The Maragoli, a luhya subtribe refers to this vegetable as livokoli while the Bukusu have emboka, which is also known as Amaranthus lividus. 

  • Lisutsa

Lisutsa is a tasty vegetable that’s widely enjoyed among the Luhyas. The black type, Solanum americanum virtually grows in virgin land after weeds are cleared. Besides, this vegetable also grows under the banana shade because after they get disposed by bird droppings. Another variation that’s orange fruited is rare, though its sometimes found in Isukha. 

Final Thoughts

To end off, these vegetables are not only tasty, they’re rich in nutrients – and more interestingly – they’re generally wild in spite of the fact that they can be cultivated from time to time. 

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