Cosmos Caudatus

Scientific Name: Cosmos Causdatus

Bahasa Indonesian: Kenikir

Batak: Kenikir

Basic Information: 

Cosmos caudatus is an annual plant species of the genus Cosmos. It is originating from Latin America and later grown in Southeast Asia. The leaves and shoots of cosmos caudatus can be consumed raw. The unique taste makes it a flavorful, favored side dish.

The species grows up to 2.5m in height. The leaves are soft and pungent while the stem is light green with a purplish hue and succulent. During the night the leaves fold to close the terminal buds as the plant sleeps. Its flowers can be purple or pink.


Health Benefits:

  • The cosmos caudatus contains large amounts of anti-oxidants. Good for several processes in the body. Also it is suggested that it has anti-cancer effects.
  • Eating the plant creates anti-diabetic activity in the body, reducing the plasma blood glucose levels.
  • It also may have anti-hypertensive effects when consumed. Inducing a diuretic effect, which leads to a decrease in blood pressure.
  • An other health benefit of the cosmos caudatus are its anti-inflammatory effects when consumed.
  • The intake of cosmos caudatus in combination with calcium may be beneficial to bone health, for example in postmenopausal osteoporosis.
  • Anti-microbial and anti-fungal activities where found with the intake of cosmos caudatus extracts


Fun Facts:

  • 100 gram cosmos caudatus contains more vitamine C than 100 gram orange.
  • In Malaysia it is called ulam raja “the king’s salad”.