1Jute leaves, locally called Saluyot (Corchorus capsularis) (Source:

Saluyot is a leafy vegetable from the plant whose scientific name is Corchorus. It is part of the jute family of plants and has been called Nalta jute in English. Saluyot is an herbaceous vine that is a popular leafy vegetable in Southeast Asia. So, how can Saluyot be beneficial to people? In our country, we commonly eat Saluyot but do we know its wellness benefit?

Saluyot is a highly nutritious vegetable that was prized by the Egyptians for its health and beauty benefits. Saluyot is a good source of iron, Vitamins B, C and calcium. Medicinal uses include treatment of gestational diabetes in pregnant women. The plant has antioxidant activity; with a significant α-tocopherol equivalent to Vitamin E.

In cooking, the slimy nature when cooked both fresh and dried leaves of Saluyot are used as a thickener in soups and stews. Choose leaves with vivid dark green color and stems that are not too thick since thick stems of Saluyot are too fibrous to eat. The Saluyot noodles are made from the leaves of the plant, making them a “great source of fibers & Vitamin A.

The interesting fact is that it is also used as fabric material. The fibers of the Saluyot or Jute plant are also widely used in making packing materials, furniture, and carpets. This is one plant that gives the phrase “eat lots of fiber” a whole new meaning!

Jute is a long, soft, shiny vegetable fiber that can be spun into coarse, strong threads.  Jute is the second most important vegetable fiber after cotton due to its versatility. It is used chiefly to make cloth for wrapping bales of raw cotton, and to make sacks and coarse cloth. The fibers are also woven into curtains, chair coverings, carpets, area rugs, hessian cloth, and backing for linoleum. Jute is in great demand due to its cheapness, softness, length, luster and uniformity of its fiber. It is called the ‘brown paper bag’ as it is also used to store rice, wheat, grains, etc. And due to its versatile nature, it is called by many as the ‘golden fiber’.  (Paolo Tutor)


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