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Moyo wa Mnazi: Cheap Mombasa Vegetable Known to Boost Libido


Heart of palm, sometimes referred to as moyo wa mnazi, is a vegetable from Kenya’s coast.

If you have visited Mombasa and the surrounding areas, you may have seen moyo wa mnazi cylindrical cuts displayed on the streets by vendors.

The demand for the vegetable, also referred to as palmito or palm cabbage, has been rising as more people learn its benefits.

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Moyo wa mnazi is harvested from the inner core and growing bud of palm trees and is a little crunchier than fresh cabbage.


Moyo wa mnazi cylindrical chunks go for Ksh 100 onwards. Photo/courtesy

Boosting libido

The vegetable’s increasing popularity is partly attributed to its libido-boosting properties.

Some users also claim that eating heart of palm has helped them get rid of stomach ulcers.

Those with ulcers boil it and drink the soup for relief. A person seeking to increase their libido eats it raw.

There is relatively little cholesterol in moyo wa mnazi. Additionally, it is a good source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, and riboflavin.

The heart of palm is also a good source of dietary fibre, which aids digestion.

It also contains potassium, which helps control a woman’s thyroid gland, and vitamin B6, which raises the synthesis of male hormones and boosts desire in men and women.

It is not a simple task to source the heart of palm since it requires felling a coconut tree—a practice uncommon in the Coast region.

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As a result, sellers must delve deep into coastal villages that are home to numerous coconut trees.

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