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What are the health benefits of Vietnamese coriander?
The leaves are used for medicine. People use Vietnamese coriander for diabetes, stomach pain, constipation, dandruff, gas (flatulence), and to reduce sexual desire, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. In food, Vietnamese coriander is used to flavor soups, stews, and salads.
Can you eat Vietnamese mint raw?
The bitter herb is a bit smaller, its leaves have smoother edges, and the stem is smooth. Because of its strong taste, it’s not recommendable to eat this herb raw but you can use it in a lot of soups. It’s also served alongside a traditional Vietnamese hot pot for people who want to add some bitterness in their broth.
Is Vietnamese mint the same as Thai basil?
Vietnamese mint smells similar to Thai basil but it is far more pungent with a hot bite and slight numbing character and a strong alkalinity. Also known as hot mint, it is the leaf to use in Malaysian laksa soups, and is often simply known as laksa leaf. It’s also used as a salad ingredient, and cooked dishes.
Is Vietnamese coriander toxic to dogs?
Yes! Cilantro is healthy for your dog to eat, and may help calm your dog’s upset stomach or ease digestion problems. Cilantro contains vitamin A, C, potassium, zinc, and other essential minerals that are good for your dog. Keep in mind, this herb shouldn’t be used as the primary source for consuming these nutrients.
How do you store Vietnamese mint?
To dry the mint, tie a few stalks with string and leave hanging upside down in a well-ventilated place. As it dries, you need to avoid it becoming moist or damp as harmful mould can form. Either store as dried branches, much as you would bayleaves, or take the leaves off and keep in an airtight container in the pantry.