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Vietnamese Mint

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Family Polygonaceae
Name Polygonum odoratum
Common Names Vietnamese mint, Daun KeSum, Laksa Leaves, Chen Hom
Etymology
Polygonum From Greek polys meaning many, and Greek gony meaning knee, referring to the many little joins of its stem.
odoratum From Latin odoratus meaning fragrant.

  See also:  Food plants, Trees & shrubs, Culture / Germination

Vietnamese mint comes from South East Asia. It is clump forming water plant, growing to 1 metre tall, often very happy in boggy ground. In the autumn, it grows small star shapped, light pink flowers, carried on short terminal spikes. The plant will only flower if grown in warmer situations.

The leaves have a pungent lemony flavour, quite distinct from other herbs and spices. In Malaysian cuisine, the leaves are used to flavour laksa, a spicy soup noodle dish.


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