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Name Variations Edit
- quail grass
- feather cockscomb
- Lagos spinach
About Soko Edit
Celosia argentea var. argentea or Lagos spinach is a broadleaf annual leaf vegetable belonging to the Amaranth family (Amaranthaceae). It grows widespread across northern South America, tropical Africa, the West Indies, South, East and Southeast Asia where it is grown as a native or naturalized wildflower, and is cultivated as a nutritious leafy green vegetable. It is traditional fare in countries of Central and West Africa, and is one of the leading leafy green vegetables in Nigeria, where it is known as ‘soko yokoto’, meaning "make husbands fat and happy".
As a grain, Cockscomb is a pseudo-cereal, not a true cereal.
These leaves are used—not to mention young stems and young inflorescences—soften up readily and are used for stew. The leaves also have a soft texture and has a mild spinach-like taste. They are also pepped up with such things as hot pepper, garlic, fresh lime, and red palm oil and eaten as a side dish.