Chekkurmanis - easy to grow, rich in nutrients
Sweet leaf, also known as chekkurmanis, is suitable to be grown in Kerala's climate. These nutrient-rich leaves contain carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus and iron.
In local parlance, sweat leaf is known as 'block cheera' and 'veli cheera'. It is a commonly used leaf vegetable in Kerala. The leaves of the plant are seen in bunches. Its flowers are reddish white in colour and have upto 45 petals. It also has fruits which are white or light red in colour.
The plant can be cultivated in all types of soil. Stem is planted usually and rainy season is the best time to start growing the plants. Mature stems of 20 to 30 length are planted. The plants are able to resist heat, but watering them during summer will help them grow better.
After planting the stems, the leaves can be harvested within three-four months. Applying a little manure will complement their growth after harvest.