Melokhia refers to a green leafy vegetable which is chopped and cooked in soups. Melokhia is one of Egypt's favorite foods. The Melokhia or Jew's Mallow is an herb in the larger family of the mint called from the corchorus plant. It is a rather bitter herb with a natural thickening agent. Melokhia has been known as a popular food in Egypt since the time of the Pharaohs, and later spread to countries in the Levant. Melokhia is also known as Mulukhiyya or Mulukhiyyah.