The coretus leaf or molokheya is native to West Africa, the Maghreb and the Middle East.
Its scientific name is Corchorus olitorius L. and it belongs to the family of Tiliaceae.
Apart from "corète", molokheya has many other nicknames depending on the country: "mélonkie", "molokhie", "mouloukhiya", "Tunisian mloukhia", "ademe" and "shimatsumaso", Folsom boulou (Bambara)
In the kitchen, the flavor of coretus leaves is halfway between spinach and sorrel.
It is used in the preparation of Fakoy, a traditional dish originating in Mali and also appreciated in Tunisian cuisine in which it is called Tunisian mloukhia.
It goes very well with often simmered meat, soups and in various oriental dishes.
Corete is known to have the following virtues:
- Useful for body and spleen immunity.
- Stimulates the stomach and intestines.
- Protects the mucous membranes.
- Strengthens the view.
- Effective in gonorrhea
- Gives appetite and strength (cold infusion).
- Can treat tumors.
- Treats dysentery and enteritis, fever and chest pain.
- To stop cystitis disorders.
- Treats dysuria which causes difficulty in urinating and unbearable pain.
- Treats heart problems.
- Treats constipation (leaf infusion).
- Remedy for toothache (decoction)
- Fight anemia.
- Preserves brain cells.
- Delays osteoporosis.