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Polygonum odoratum

Vietnamese coriander

Ketumbar Polygonaceae


Polygonum odoratum, Vietnamese coriander, KetumbarVietnamese coriander (Polygonum odoratum )
Plant family: Polygonaceae (buckwheat family)
Botanical synonyms: Persicaria odorata
Origin: Vietnamese coriander is native to peninsular Southeast Asia (Indochina).
Used plant part: Leaves, always used fresh
Sensoric quality: The herb has a coriander-like smell with a clear lemony note. Pungency, which dominates in the closely related water pepper, is hardly present..
The Vietnamese coriander is a perennial plant that grows best in tropical and subtropical zones in warm and damp conditions. It can not live above the 32 parallel or in places with too much water. has a bitter and spicy taste, is nontoxic, and can detoxify food. It can be used to treat swellings, acne, indigestion, flatulence, and stomach aches.In advantageous conditions, it can grow up to 15 This herb is such an intrinsic part of the famous Singaporean/Malaysian seafood soup, laksa, that it is known locally as daun laksa (laksa leaf).to 30 cm.