Lagos bologi is known as a waterleaf or aqua plant in general. It is native to West Africa, Mexico, and southern/northern America. Its common names are Florida spinach, sweetheart, cariru, and purslane. Lagos bologi contains lots of nutrients such as vitamins, lipids, crude protein, and minerals.
It is used in medicines for its health benefits. It is beneficial in promoting heart health, improving blood cells, eliminating infection and diseases, improving cognitive health, and making your bones and teeth strong. Lagos bologi can grow up to 5 feet and possess pink flowers. It is an excellent source of iron as well.
How to Store Lagos Bologi
Every plant and its fruits or veggies are always prone to get spoiled if not taken good care of. It should be stored in proper manners. But along with all the benefits, it can also go bad under certain circumstances.
So if you are planning to grow it in your backyard or buy it from a grocery store to consume it, you would be wondering how you can store it properly in both conditions. We are going to mention few methods as follows.
Keep in Cool and Dry Place
Do not keep your logos bologi in a place that is prone to moisture and heat. Always keep it under a shady area and make sure the leaves are dry, use a paper towel or salad spinner to make it dry.
If you want to keep it for a long time, keeping it in the refrigerator is the best option. Refrigeration can hold its freshness and moisture for a long period if kept in an airtight or sealed container.
You may freeze the leaves to store them for a very long time. Freeze it in wrapped form. Frozen leaves can be used for making soups etc. But after thawing, its color will be changed.
Away from Direct Sunlight
Do not forget to keep your Lagos bologi leaves away from direct sunlight exposure, as sunlight can remove all the nutrients and minerals from the leaves. If you want to dry them, dry them using air.
Wrap your Lagos bologi leaves gently and loosely in a paper towel. Line an airtight zipper bag or plastic bag with few more paper towels and put your leaves in it. Try to remove any excess air out of the bag and then seal it. Doing so can last the leafy greens up to a week.
Can You Freeze Lagos Bologi
Freezing waterleaf is not a very simple task to do; you have to fulfill some prerequisites. The very first process is to blanch it. For that, first, you have to boil the leaves for 5 to 10 minutes and then soak them in ice-cold water. Then place them in an airtight plastic bag and freeze it.
On the other hand, you can freeze it without blanching it, but you have to pre-freeze it before you fully freeze them. One way is to roll them up in a shape of a ball and wrap them in beeswax paper tightly. Put them in the freezer for 2-3 minutes, and after that, transfer them in a separate storage bag and place them in the freezer.
How Long Does Lagos Bologi Last
Lagos bologi or waterleaf is a kind of plant with leaves that can be eaten as food. Veggies are more prone to spoil if not taken good care of or store properly. Lagos bologi’s life can depend upon its storage methods and the temperature around it. Normally the leaves of Lagos bologi can last their shelf life to up to 1 to 2 days.
If taken good care it can retain its freshness and texture, but refrigeration is a must option. You should opt for its storage. Your Lagos bologi leaves can last for up to two weeks in the fridge. Store them with a dishcloth or paper towel.
Freezing leaves can make it last long for one year, but keep in mind, its texture will be lost after you will thaw it. But frozen leaves can be used directly in soups and meals.
How To Tell If Lagos Bologi Is Bad
Leaves are the kind of vegetable, and vegetables can go bad under two circumstances. One is when it reaches its expiry date, and the second is if it is not taken proper care of or stored in good conditions. Read through the article to know about the indications which will tell you if your waterleaf is bad or not.
- Texture: When the texture of the leaves gets wilt, and they become flaccid. That is the clear indication that your Lagos bologi is spoiled.
- Color: You will notice a change in the color of the leaves; they start to get brownish yellow and eventually black when spoiled.
- Smell: Bad leaves can start producing a bad smell compared to the healthy ones with a leafy smell. Discard those smelly leaves.
- Taste: The taste of spoiled leaves gets bitter.