Edible and medicinal plants
By Aaron Smith
This plant is most commonly found growing over the vegetation lining creeks and rivers. It is also a weed of forests and forest margins, urban bushland, open woodlands, roadsides, fence-lines, disturbed sites, waste areas and neglected gardens in tropical, sub tropical and warmer temperate regions.
Balloon Vine Cures
Most Effective- Anemia
Highly Effective- Anorexia, Asthma
Effective- Abdominal pains, Arthritis
What: leaves, flowers, seeds
How: raw, cooked, tea
Where: shade, woods, borders
Nutritional Value: leaves have fiber, calcium, iron, potassium, vitamins A, C, riboflavin; seeds have omega-3 fatty acids
Dangers: dried plants can become toxic to cattle
It's native origin was in Asia. It is a traditional crop of China, India, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and other Asian countries.
Beefsteak plants are prominent along roadsides, railroad right- of-ways, streams, spring branches, pastures, fields, woodlands and gravel bars. It can grow in rich soils, alluvial soils or dry soils.
Traditional herbal medicine states it is an antiasthmatic, antibacterial, general antiseptic, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, emollient, expectorant, and general tonic. It supposedly has strong anti-cancer properties.