Bitawiri is a Surinamese leafy vegetable with a bitter taste. And that is exactly what the name means: bita = bitter, wiri = leaf. The bitawiri shrub grows naturally in Suriname and has a hairy, greyish-green stem with white-yellow, bell-shaped flowers. It produces dark-blue and black berries that are not edible. Young leaves are only slightly bitter, becoming a darker green and more bitter as the plant mature.
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The bitawiri shrub needs a warm, tropical climate and, once harvested, the bitter leaves only keep for a few days. Bitter leaves not suitable for import since the leaves are especially sensitive to the changes in temperature required during transportation. By growing this vegetable locally and moving it straight from the greenhouse to the chilled area of our warehouse, we are able to offer you bitter leaf that stays fresh for up to a week. Having perfected the growing conditions over the years, Amar Import provides a consistent supply of fresh bitawiri and other Surinamese vegetables for the Dutch and European markets.
Its Latin name is Cestrum latifolium.