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13 Surprising #Kangkung Facts You Didn't Know Until Now

Finally, this little green vegetable gets the recognition and respect that it deserves. Well done, Kangkung, well done.

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1. Kangkung is known as Water Spinach in English. The scientific name for Kangkung is Ipomoea Aquatica.

Other names of water spinach include: water convolvulus, swamp cabbage (English); kankon, you-sai (Japanese); ong tsoi, weng cai (Cantonese); toongsin tsai (Mandarin); kang kong (Filipino, Malaysian); kang kung, rau muong (Vietnamese); pak bung (Thai); batata acquatica, cancon (Portuguese).

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Kangkung is known as Water Spinach in English

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2. Kangkung is an illegal vegetation in Texas, US. The plant has been on Texas' "Harmful or Potentially Harmful Exotic Fish, Shellfish and Aquatic Plants" list since 1990.

Kangkung is an illegal vegetable in Texas, US

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Water spinach is considered by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to be an aquatic nuisance species and is therefore highly regulated. The plant has been on the "Harmful or Potentially Harmful Exotic Fish, Shellfish and Aquatic Plants" list since 1990.

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Texas law (Parks and Wildlife Code 66.007) states that "no person may import, possess, sell, or place into waters of the state exotic harmful or potentially harmful fish, shellfish, or aquatic plants except as authorized by rule or permit issued by the department."

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3. Kangkung is listed as "Federal Noxious Weed" under the US Department of Agriculture's Plant Protection Act.

Kangkung is listed as "Federal Noxious Weed" under the US Department of Agriculture's Plant Protection Act.

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Water spinach is on the federal noxious weed list because it becomes an established weed in fresh water-ways in tropical climates. It has become an established weed in several southern states in the United States.

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Federally Regulated: Listed as a Federal Noxious Weed under the Plant Protection Act, which makes it illegal in the U.S. to import or transport between States without a permit (USDA, APHIS - Noxious Weeds Program)

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4. Kangkung has a Wikipedia page

Kangkung has a Wikipedia page

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5. You can buy Kangkung seeds for $2.99 on Ebay

You can buy Kangkung for $2.99 on Ebay

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6. Kangkung is so well-loved in Malaysia that there are several Facebook pages dedicated to the vegetable

Kangkung is so well-loved in Malaysia that there are several Facebook pages dedicated to the vegetable

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7. Kangkung has mild laxative properties that can be used to treat indigestion and constipation

Kangkung has mild laxative properties that can be used to treat indigestion and constipation

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8. Eating lots of Kangkung can reduce cholesterol levels, prevent cancer and improve eye health

There are 29 calories in a 100g serving of Kangkung (Water Spinach).
Calorie breakdown: 7% fat, 60% carbs, 33% protein.

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Eatings lots of Kangkung can reduce cholesterol levels, prevent cancer and improve eye health

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9. One has to be careful when eating Kangkung in its raw form as it often grows wild in swampy soil and polluted water

One has to be careful when eating Kangkung in its raw form as it often grows wild in swampy soil and polluted water

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10. 'Lenggang Kangkung' is a Malaysian folk song about being honest and humble

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11. In Indonesia, it is considered a taboo to serve Kangkung to honoured guests

When receiving honored guests it is almost a taboo to serve kangkung. Dishes in which the vegetable is commonly used, such as gado-gado, are made with bayam instead. Bayam is another type of spinach, and considered to be of a better ""class"".

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In Indonesia, it is considered a taboo to serve Kangkung to honoured guests

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12. The Malay and Chinese believe women should avoid eating Kangkung during confinement period as the 'cooling' element in the plant will cause weak joints in the mother's body

The Malay and Chinese believe women should avoid 'Kangkung' during confinement period as the 'cooling' element in the plant will cause weak joints in the mother's body

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13. Kangkung is a punny vegetable

Kangkung is a punny vegetable

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Malaysians gained a new found love and respect for Kangkung on 13 January 2014

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