13 Surprising #Kangkung Facts You Didn't Know Until Now
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).worldcrops.org
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.
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.texassaltwaterfishingmagazine.com
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."texassaltwaterfishingmagazine.com
3. Kangkung is listed as "Federal Noxious Weed" under the US Department of Agriculture's Plant Protection Act.
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.worldcrops.org
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)invasivespeciesinfo.gov