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Betel Pepper Leaf Piper Sarmentosum Rooted Cuttings
One live cutting from this delicious Asian vegetable and spice.
Called heaps of things commonly, la lot, betel leaf, betle leaf, wild pepper, kadok, bai cha plu, cha plu, bai som phou, sirih dudu, karuk, karok, vegetable pepper, chaphlu, cha phlu, Chavia sermentosum, daun kaduk, and even at times betle nut or betel nut.
It is not the plant Piper betel, which is chewed with the true Betel nut or Areca catechu and lime as a stimulant, but it is sometimes called the same name in error, particularly at market stalls.
This is the edible pepper leaf, the vegetable pepper, and relative, Piper Sarmentosum.
It provides a stimulating spiciness and unmistakable flavour to anything, and is bloody awesome I reckon.
Often sold dried in Asian grocery stores(see picture) and used for wrapping riceballs, meat, prawns, ground fruits and nuts, just about anything really.
I urge you to try it fresh, the taste is completely different. Dried has a lovely cured tobacco smell, fresh is completely different, a real spiciness to it, without the smoky overtones.
I like both, but you really can’t compare them to each other in my opinion.
A native to Vietnam and Thailand, used extensively all through Malaysia and Laos as a standard salad herb.
I use it as you would rice paper or nori, and make little sushi style things. Think sausage rolls, but less dog food and more awesome!
It is a mild stimulant, digestive aid, expectorant, antibacterial, has a traditional history of use as a treatment for arthritis, joint pain, toothache, and headache.
Tea made from the crushed fresh leaves is said to be a general tonic, used daily, and to provide relief from coughs and asthma.
On to how to grow it I guess.
Pay attention folks, it’s pretty tech..
First of all you need a pot, a bucket or tub with holes in it for drainage, or a moist raised bed of loose sandy soil to grow the cutting it.
Step two, put the cutting in the ground with the roots 1-3cm deep(up to an inch max.), leafy bit facing up.
Step three, water it. That is literally all you need to do.
Moist sandy soil with good drainage, then plant it.
Pretty hard to kill these guys.
Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!