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Vallarai Keerai/Indian Pennywort Plant


Binomial Name – Centella asiatica

  • Kingdom – Plantae
  • Family     – Apiaceae
  • Genus     – Centella
  • Species   – C. asiatica
Name –Vallarai Keerai/Indian Pennywort/Gotu Kola/Kodavan
Binomial Name – Centella asiatica

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Centella asiatica, commonly known as Vallarai, Gotu Kolakodavan , Indian pennywort or Asiatic pennywort, is a herbaceous, perennial plant in the flowering plant family Apiaceae.

Indian Pennywort is native to the wetlands in Asia.  

Indian Pennywort is use as a culinary vegetable and as a medicinal herb.

Vallarai keerai is a popular green leafy vegetable utilised extensively in conventional South Indian cooking.

Indian Pennywort is also low in calories to help maintain body weight and supplies adequate essential dietary fibers and proteins.

In Burmese cuisine, raw pennywort is use as the main constituent in a salad mixed with onions, crushed peanuts, bean powder and seasoned with lime juice and fish sauce.

It also offers the key spectrum of B vitamins to regulate metabolism and cellular energy requirements.

In traditional medicine, C. asiatica is use to treat various disorders and minor wounds.

Vallarai Keerai also cures the ulcerous condition of the liver and the stomach.

It has a positive effect on the hippocampus part of the brain that is responsible for intelligence, concentration and memory.

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