Also known as the sesbania grandiflora, the West Indian Pea Leaf is eaten as a vegetable in parts of Southeast Asia. Its flowers are commonly used in Thai cuisine, such as in curries, or taken raw. Both its leaves and flowers are edible, and are believed to cure canker sores.
Thought of as a natural remedy for toxicities, the leaves are often used in folk medicine to treat bruises, fevers, headaches, sores and smallpox, or chewed to disinfect the mouth and throat.
last update by M 12/7/2012