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Editan is a leafy vegetable with the scientific name Lasianthera africana.[1]


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Editan is a green leaf with an elongated almond-like shape. It is very bitter in flavor.[2]

Selection and storage

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The leaf is available both fresh and dried.[2]


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Because of the intense bitterness, editan needs to be prepared before use. Typically, the leaves are very finely chopped or sliced, then soaked and rinsed with water to remove excess bitterness.[2] This process is repeated, squeezing the water out each time,[3] until the leaves are palatable. Sometimes salt or an alkaline substance like potash is added during the soaking process.[3][4]

Editan is used in Nigerian cuisine, especially in editan soup.


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  1. Nwanna, Esther Emem; Oyeleye, Sunday Idowu; Oboh, Ganiyu (2021-03). "Editan (Lasianthera africana) leaf-inclusive diets modulate some neuronal enzyme activities and antioxidant status of cyclophosphamide-treated Wistar rats". Journal of Food Biochemistry. 45 (3): e13427. doi:10.1111/jfbc.13427. ISSN 1745-4514. PMID 32779754. {{cite journal}}: Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. a b c "Editan Soup: How to cook Editan Soup with waterleaf - The Pretend Chef". 2022-07-04. Retrieved 2024-06-29.
  3. a b ago, ngoenyimodSteemFoods Africa Region Mod💎 ✅in SteemFoods • 3 years (2021-02-13). "Learnwithsteem|| Editan leaf the washing and the soup, Don't miss this! By @ngoenyi". Steemit. Retrieved 2024-06-29.
  4. "Editan Soup". Top Nigerian Food Blog. 2014-02-28. Retrieved 2024-06-29.