It is no wonder that many Khartoumese have never heard of this side dish, as this plant randomly grows in the mid-Nile regions (Sennar and the Blue Nile) . The plant that looks and tastes like salad rocket is seasonal as it grows
only in Autumn.
The mildly sour tiny leaves of the plant are picked and added in a mixture of lemon, salt , roasted sesame seeds, diced onions and peanut butter, mostly served at the late Sudanese breakfast meal.
It is worthy to notice that the Moleta leaves are highly nutritious, as they are rich in Vitamin A.It has been use as a traditional remedy for heartburn, stomach aches and also lowering sugar levels in the blood.
Moleta is an acquired taste delicacy; the bitterness that stings the tongue may make it unfavorable amongst some. I personally love the taste of Moleta although one can notice its decline from the table in my home town Singa, I couldn’t say why, perhaps because of the sad migration of more and more families to Khartoum, leaving behind lonely brooding mornings instead of the vibrant lively breakfasts that were, a time when people indulged in such delicacies.