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Flora Exotica - Exotic Spices, Vegetables, Cullinary and Medicinal Herbs    

la cam    
           
           

la gai

banh it

Ramie, Rhea, China Grass, L Gai, Thmey, Pan, Amirai, Po-paan, Boehmeria nivea

Ramie is a flowering plant, native to eastern Asia. It is hardy to zone 7. The leaves are heart-shaped, and white on the underside . Ramie is consumed in third world countries because of their richness of minerals.Ramie has been used for at least six thousand years, and is principally used for fabric production. Ramie is one of the strongest natural fibers.

Plant in 2 or 3-inch pot,

4 to 6 inches high, $10

Plant in 4 or 5-inch pot,

0.5 to 1 ft high, $20

cu gung

cay gung

Ginger, zingberis. (?????e???), G?ng Zingiber officinale

Ginger produces clusters of white and pink flower buds that bloom into yellow flowers. Ginger produces a hot, fragrant kitchen spice.[5] Young ginger rhizomes are juicy and fleshy with a very mild taste. They are often pickled in vinegar or sherry as a snack, or for sushi, or just cooked as an ingredient in many dishes: gingerbread, cookies, crackers and cakes, ginger ale, and ginger beer. They can also be steeped in boiling water to make ginger tea, to which honey is often added; sliced orange or lemon fruit may also be added. Ginger can also be made into candy.

Plant in 2 or 3-inch pot,

4 to 6 inches high, $10

Plant in 4 or 5-inch pot,

0.5 to 1 ft high, $20

 

cu nghe

cay nghe

Tumeric,Indian Saffaron, C? Ngh? Curcuma longa

Tumeric is used as dye, spice and cosmetic (skin care). It is also known to be used for its anti inflammatory and other therapeutic properties. Its active ingredient iscurcumin and it has a distinctly earthy, slightly bitter, slightly hot peppery flavor and a mustardy smell. It is one of the key ingredients in many Asian dishes and in most commercial curry powders.

In Vietnam, turmeric powder is used to color, and enhance the flavors of, certain dishes, such as bnh xo, bnh kh?t and m qu?ng. The powder is also used in many other Vietnamese stir fried and soup dishes. Turmeric is considered highly auspicious in India and has been used extensively in wedding and religious ceremonies. Turmeric has played an important role in bothBuddhist and Hindu spiritualism. The robes of the Buddhist monks were traditionally colored with a yellow dye made of turmeric.

Plant in 2 or 3-inch pot,

4 to 6 inches high, $10

Plant in 4 or 5-inch pot,

0.5 to 1 ft high, $20

cu rieng

cay rieng

Galanga, Thai Ginger, Củ Riềng, Cây Riềng, Blue Ginger (南姜), 高良姜
Alpinia galanga
(Languas galanga) - An exotic herb used in cooking, especially in Vietnamese, Laos, Cambodian, Indonesian and Thai cuisines . It has a ginger-like hotness but a sweetly aromatic flavor. The young shoots are edible and delicious. The plant can grow to 1.5 meters in height with abundant long leaves which bears red fruit. This is the galangal used most often in cookery. The red fruit is used in traditional Chinese medicine and has a flavor similar to cardamom.

 

Plant in 4 or 5-inch pot,

1-2 ft high, $20

 

Rau ma Gotu Kola, Penny Wort (Rau MA) - Hydrocotyle asiatica, Centella Asiatica 
Gotu kola is a perennial plant native to India, Japan, China, Indonesia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and the South Pacific. A member of the parsley family, it has no taste or smell. It thrives in and around water. It has small fan-shaped green leaves with white or light purple-to-pink flowers, and it bears small oval fruit. The leaves and stems of the gotu kola plant are used for medicinal purposes.
Plant in  3"-4" pot
$5
kinh gioi

Elsholtzia ciliata ( Kinh Gioi)is a weed native to Asia, sometimes grown as an ornamental plant.

The plant is an erect herb that grows to about 60 cm in height. The leaves are long, stalked, and serrated, and reach 2 to 8.5 cm in length and .8 to 2.5 cm in width. In shape they are ovate to lanceolate, with a gland-dotted underside. Flowers of a purple color bloom in flat spikes in September and October. Seeds propagate within them.

Plant in  4" pot
$5

Mature Plant in  5 or 6" pot
$10.00

can day la

Jamaican Thyme, Broadleaf Thyme Can day la
Coleus amboinicus, Plectranthus amboinicus -
Velvety green leaves are aromatic, used as hard or medicine.
Plant in garden in June.
Loves full sun, tolerates some drought. Does not need fertilizing. Bring indoor in early September.

Plant in  4" pot
$6

Mature Plant in  6" pot
$15.00

la cam

lacam 2

la cam 3

Magenta Plant, Magenta Leaf Plant(Lá Cẩm) - Peristrophe roxburghiana
 - Popular in Southeast Asian cooking to color sweet rice and other deserts. The leaves and branches are boiled to make a broth with beautiful magenta color. This broth can be used right away, or can be frozen for later use.

Magenta plant grows fast in semi-shade to provide lots of leaves year round. The plant blooms a few times a year, with magenta-color flowers. It makes a beautiful hanging basket for indoor or outdoor. Harvest often to encourage branching

Plant in 3- 4" pot
$10.00

Plant in 5-6" pot
$20.00

Plant in 7- 8" pot
$30.00

 

Vanilla Orchid, Vanilla Plant
(Va Ni) - Vanilla planifolia, Vanilla fragrans
This plant originates in central America, where the Aztecs used it to flavor their chocolate drink 'Xoco-latl'. This is the only orchid that can produce edible fruits: the vanilla beans are used as a spice. Vanilla is the key ingredient in frozen desserts, yogurt, baked goods, candies,  beverages.

Plants in  3-4" pot
0.5 - 1 ft long
$20.00

Plants in  5-6" pot
1-ft
or longer
$40.00

 Vanilla plant grows well as an indoor houseplant: it does not need direct sun light. Cuttings
Cuttings with 3
leaf nodes
 
$10

 
Curry Plant, Curry-leaf Plant
(Ca Ri) - Murraya koenigii
This small tree from India has scented white flowers. Its leaves are highly aromatic, used in curry dishes.

Plants in  2-3 " pot
$15.00

Plants in  4-5" pot
$25.00

Plants in  6-7" pot
$45.00

Piper Lolot Lolot, BBQ Leaf
(Lá Lốt) - Piper lolot
This cullinary herb is used in stir-fry dishes. It is also used to wrap marinated beef slices for BBQ. The plant is about 1-2 ft high, with shiny heart-shaped green leaves.

Plants in  2-3 " pot
$10.00

Plants in  4-5" pot
$20.00

Plants in  6-7" pot
$30.00

ot Goat's Weed Chili Pepper (Capsicum annuum ): 
This pepper plant has Light Green fuzzy foliage. It grows up to 4 feet tall and can live for 20 years or more.Perfect for use in Salsas and Salads. The Chili Pods of about 3 x 0.5 Inch change from Green to Black to Red at maturity, They register up to 30 000 on the Scoville scale.

 

Seeds $1
(5 seeds)

trau Paan, Betel-leaf Plant
(Ca Ri) - Piper Betel
This cullinary herb is used in religious ceremonies. It is also used in Viet-Nam as an offering for wedding ceremony. The leaves are commonly used with Betel Nut (Areca catechu).

Plants in  2-3 " pot
$15.00

Plants in  4-5" pot
$30.00

Plants in  6-7" pot
$45.00

mia Sugar Cane
(Mía, Cây Mía) - Saccharum officinarum
Native to warm temperate to tropical regions of Asia, they have stout, jointed, fibrous stalks that are rich in sugar.

Plant 0.5 to 1' high: $10.00
Plant 1 to 2ft high: $20.00
Plant 2 to 4ft high: $40.00

khoaimi Casava
(Khoai Mì) -Manihot esculenta
also called yuca or manioc, this is a woody shrub of the Euphorbiaceae (spurge family) native to South America. Cassava is extensively cultivated as an annual crop in tropical and subtropical regions for its edible starchy tuberous root, a major source of carbohydrates.

Plants in  6-7" pot
$30.00

Plants in  8-10" pot
$55.00

Scrambling Gynura, Dawn Dewa, Leaves of the Gods, Mollucan spinach, Cholesterol Spinach -
(Kim Thất Tai, Tiềm Vĩ Phong, Cy Trường Sanh) -
Gynura procumbens, Gynura acutifolia, Gynura nepalensis

This fast-growing herb,  appears related to the Okinawan spinach, has many promising medicinal properties. The plant has been used widely in Asia as traditional medicine for treating diabetes, hypertension, high-cholesterol, rheumatism, viral ailments, and other illness. The fleshy branches can be trimmed and pinched regularly to grow as a low bush, or staked on trellis. Leaves are green. Young stems are green, turning light purple with green spots. New shoots and branches appear frequently at base and leaf nodes. Flowers are yellow.

Young leaves can be eaten fresh by itself or mixed in with salads (like lettuce or spinach). Some like it cooked with butter or in a casserole. Others prefer to have it stir-fried (just fry garlic in little oil and then sautee the leaves and young shoots in oyster sauce).

Research on its effects on blood-sugar level:
http://www.sma.org.sg/smj/4101/articles/4101a2.htm
Research on its effects on hypertension:
http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/abs/10.1089/jmf.2006.9.587

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Plant for
DIABETES

Plants in  3-4"  pot
$10.00

Plants in  5-6" pot
$20.00

Plants in  7-8" pot
$40.00

Gymnema Gymnema, Gurmari, Gurmarbooti, Gurmar, Sirukurinjan, meshasringa,  mesbasringi (Gurmar: means 'Sugar-destroyer' in Sanskrit)-
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Gymnema sylvestre

Gymnema sylvestre is a woody, vine-like plant, which climbs on bushes and trees. Quick and easy to grow as a houseplant or in the garden.
This herb is native to the tropical forests of India and Southeast Asia, where it has been used as a naturopathic treatment for diabetes for nearly two thousand years.  Root powder is used in treating snake bites. When chewed the leaves have the remarkable property of abolishing the ability to taste sweet and bitter substances for upto 15 minutes. Gymnema leaves, extracted or infused into a tea, suppress glucose absorption and reduce the sensation of sweetness in foods. More details:
http://www.himalayahealthcare.com/herbfinder/h_gymnem.htm
 

 

 

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Tindola Ivy Gourd Tindola, Indian Perrenial Cucumber, Miniature Cucumber, Ivy Gourd, Scarlet Gourd
(Rau Mảnh Bát) - Coccinia grandis, Coccinia indica
A popular vegetable (called Tindola) in India, this miniature cucumber is quite rare here. The fruits are only 2 or 3 inches long, with a very nice scarlet red interior. Rich in beta-carotene, the fruits are used to prepare delicious stuffed curries, stews, pickles, salads and stir fries. Green fruits are crunchy and their colorful slices make beautiful decoration on salads. Ripe fruits are soft, bright red, and can be eaten raw. Young foliage and branch tips are used in soup
Plants in 3-4" pot
$10.00

Plants 5-6" pot

$20.00
Noni, Indian Mulberry
(Nhau) - Morinda citrifolia
This is a small evergreen tree recognized by its straight trunk, large green leaves, white tubular flowers and distinctive yellow fruit. Polynesians named this plant 'noni' which translates as "A Gift from God". According to Polynesian healers, Noni juice stimulates the body's immune system and improves your vitality. The islanders have for centuries been using this juice against asthma, arthritis, infections, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and lots of other health problems - it's also used as as a pain reliever.

Plants in  3-4" pot
$15.00

Plants in  5-6" pot
$25.00

Plants in  7-8" pot
$45.00

Seeds $1
(10 seeds)


Cinnamon, True cinnamon, Ceylon Cinnamon, Sri Lanka Cinnamon
(Quế) - Cinnamomum zeylanicum, Cinnamomum verum

Cinnamon makes a nice houseplant, with its nice foliage (glossy bright green leaves, with reddish young leaves) and its ability to take some neglect. Cinnamon is native to India and Sri Lanka. The ancients used cinnamon as a medicine, a perfume, a flavoring spice and extensively as a preservative; cinnamon is an extremely potent antibacterial/antifungal.

Plants 0.5-1 ft
$15.00

Plants 1-2 ft

$45.00

Plants 2-4 ft
$65.00

   
Bayleaf Bay leaf (plural bay leaves) refers to the aromatic leaf of the Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis, Lauraceae). Fresh or dried bay leaves are used in cooking for their distinctive flavor and fragrance. The leaves are often used to flavor soups, stews, braises and pâtés in Mediterranean Cuisine. The fresh leaves are very mild and do not develop their full flavor until several weeks after picking and drying


Plants 5-6" Pot
$20.00

Plants 7-8" pot

$45.00

   

 

suongsam Jello Plant, -(Xuong Sam) Tiliacora triandra- native to mainland Southeast Asia, this vine is a fast grower, providing plenty of leaves for use as organic jello. Fresh leaves are squished by hands to produce a green natural jello. The curd is then sliced and put in syrop to make a cool, smooth desert.


Plants 2-3" pot
$10.00

Plants 5-6" pot

$25.00


Salad Pepperomia, Vietnamese Crab Claw Herb
(Rau Cng Cua) - Peperomia pellucida
A small plant with bright green heart-shaped shiny succulent leaves used in salad. The best salad plant ever! The whole plant's foliage (all leaves and branches) is washed and tossed into salads. Goes well with any of your favorite salad dressing.

Fast-growing. Prefers shade. You only need to buy the seeds or plants  once: the plant is self-seeded in warm area. In cold area, collect seeds for next year's sowing.

Not suitable for shipping over long distance. 


Plant in 3-4" pot 
$5.00

Seeds $1
(10 seeds)

Tea Plant, Green Tea (Cy Tr) - Camelia sinensis
Make your own green tea! This nice house plant with shiny dark green leaves is in the same family with Camellia flower plants. 

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Headache Plant Headache Plant, Headache Tree (L Cch, cy vọng cch) - Premna integrifolia, Premna serratifolia 
Young leaves are used to wrap beef slices before grilling. Also used in stir-ffried with frog-legs. Leaves and tender shoots cooked and eaten as greens. Leaves, roots, and flowers have medicinal properties.

Plants in  3-4" pot
$15.00

Plants in  5-6" pot
$25.00

Plants in  7-8" pot
$45.00

Lemon Grass (Xả) - Cymbopogon citratus

This tender perennial is a grass that can be brought inside to make an interesting house plant. The arching leaves are sturdy, aromatic when crushed. Used in many Thai and Vietnamese dishes.

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 Tonkin Jasmine, Tonkin Creeper, Pakalana vine, Telosoma
夜来香
 (Thien Ly') - Hardy to zone 10
Telosma cordata, Cynanchum odoratissimum, Telosma minor, Pergularia minor, Oxystelma ovatum, Telosma odoratissima, Asclepias cordata, Pergularia odoratissima

These fragrant flowers are used in making 'leis' in Hawa. Evergreen woody twiner vine, grows to 10 to 20 feet tall (3-6 m) outside, but averages about 3 feet in container; opposite heart shaped leaves with long petioles. Flowers are strongly scented, cream to yellow to orange flowers with greenish center and throat. The flower buds and young leaves are edible.
Plant in  3-4" pot
 $20.00

Plant in  5-6" pot
 $35.00

Plant in  7-8" pot
 $55.00

Pandan Plant (L Dứa) -
Pandanus Amaryllifolius, Pandanus odorus, Pandanus odoratissimus

This plant has a very nice scent. It is widely used in South Asia to give scent to sweet rice and other desert dishes. Before cooking, just add one leave to your steamed rice and the rice will become fragrant, even more fragrant than jasmin rice! The leaves are also used as traditional medicine for diabete.


Plant in  3-4" pot
 $25.00

Plant in  5-6" pot
$35.00

Plant in 7-8" pot
$45


 

 

Okra (Đậu Bắp) - Abelmoschus esculentus, Hibiscus esculentus

This plant grows to 5 feet high, producing pretty yellow flowers resembling a hibiscus flower. Crunchy fruits are used fresh or cooked in many dishes in Asia and Africa.

Choice of:

Green variety: strong, robust plants having green fruits

Red variety: has red stem and unusual red fruits!

 

Seeds for
green okra
 $1

(10 seeds)

Seeds for
red okra
 $1
(5 seeds)

Stevia, Sugar Leaf (Rau Ngọt) - Stevia rebaudiana 
A super-sweet herb that is hundred times sweeter than sugar with no calories ! A native perennial from Paraguay, the leaves of this herbs have been used as a natural sweetener there for centuries. Widely used in food industry in Brazil and Japan to sweeten sodas and baked goods.

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$5.00

Seeds $1
(5 seeds)

Lemon leaf, Sour Leaf, Leaf Sorrel, Common Sorrel, Oseille (Rau Chua) -  Rumex acetosa
A hardy perennial herb with a good sharp lemon flavour . Very early, one of the first crops in Spring. Used in various kinds of Vietnamese Spring Rolls to replace Star Fruit slices. Very easy to grow, producing rosettes of bright green leaves - great in salads, also very good cooked in soups and sauces. The plant contains oxalic acid, which is an active medicinal ingredient.

Plant in 3-4" pot 
$5.00


Plant in 5-6" pot 
$15.00

Seeds $1
(10 seeds)

Bitter Leaf, Bitter Herb (Rau Đắng)
Bacopa monnieri

An aquatic medicinal herb with an extreme bitter taste. Leaves are fleshy, small. Used fresh in dipping sauces, or cooked in soup, or boiled. This fast-growing plant is very easy to grow in pot or in a water garden. It is also used as an oxygenating plant in aquariums, partially or totally submerged. Link to medicinal properties of this herb:
http://www.supersmart.com/dev/productdetail.php?lang=eng&id=563

Plant in 4-5" pot 
$10.00

Plant in 5-6" pot 
$20.00

Asparagus Bean, String Bean, Noodle Beans (Đậu Đũa)- 
Vigna unguiculata var sesquipedalis

Very popular in Oriental cuisine, this vegetable produce stringless 1-foot long beans that dangle on the vine like pairs of chopsticks. Large violet flowers. Excellent for salad, stir-fried, or Thai curry dishes. Try this beautiful crop in your garden this year!

 From 
$5.00

Seeds $1
(20 seeds)

Red Asparagus Bean, String Bean, Noodle Beans (Đậu Đũa)- 
Vigna unguiculata var sesquipedalis

Very popular in Oriental cuisine, this vegetable produce stringless 1-foot long beans that dangle on the vine like pairs of chopsticks. Large violet flowers and red beans. Excellent for salad, stir-fried, or Thai curry dishes. Try this beautiful crop in your garden this year!

 

Seeds $1
(10 seeds)

Grape Tomato (C Nho)
New variety with superior taste and thin skin, thick flesh, much better than cherry tomatoes.

Plant in 4-5" pot 
$5.00

Seeds $1
(10 seeds)

Water Spinach, Kang-Kong, Pak boong, Ong Choy, Kalmua  (Rau Muống) 
Ipomoea aquatica

Water spinach is an herbaceous aquatic or semi-aquatic perennial plant of the tropics and subtropics. It has a creeping growth habit but may grow erect in water. This cultivar is Ching Quat, also known as green stem water spinach, has long leaves and white flowers and is usually grown in moist soils. (Pak Quat, also known as white stem water spinach, has arrow-shaped leaves and pink flowers and is grown in aquatic conditions, similar to rice). Almost all parts of the young plant tissue are edible, but the tender shoot tips and younger leaves are preferred. Used in delicious stir-fried dishes, either with garlic or fermented bean-curd. Link to recipes:
http://www.asiafood.org/glossary_1.cfm?alpha=W&wordid=3322&startno=1&endno=25

Seeds $1
(packet of 50)

Seeds $10
(100 gram)
2000 seeds

Seeds $40
(1 kilogram)

Bitter Melon, Foo Gwa (Khổ Qua) - Momordica charrantia
The vine is very decorative with bright green serrated leaves and numerous yellow, scented flowers. The melon has an interesting look, about 6 to 12 inches long, with a bitter taste that can be reduced when preparing. 

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Seeds $1
(10 seeds)

Fuzzy Squash, Mao Qua (B Đao Chanh) - 
Benincasa hispida var. chieh-gua

Fast-growing vine with orange-yellow flowers followed by edible fruits. Used in soup and stir-fried.

 Plant in 4" pot 
$5.00


Seeds $1

(10 seeds)

Winter Melon - Benincasa 'Winter'
Fast-growing vine with giant fruits. Used in soup and in making candies.

 Plant in 4" pot 
$5.00


Seeds $1
(20 seeds)

Ridged Gourd, Si Gua, Turai,  Lufa, Loofah, Lufah (Mướp Kha) -
Luffa acutangula

Vine with dark green leaves and yellow flower. Fruits have White, fragrant flesh, used in stir-fried dishes or soup.


Plant in 4" pot 
$5.00

Seeds $1
(10 seeds)

Round Lufa, Loofah, Lufah  (Mướp Hương) -
Luffa cylindrica   

Vine with green leaves and yellow flower. Fruits have White, fragrant flesh, used in stir-fried dishes or soup. Mature fruits are rpocessed and used as a bath or kitchen sponge.


Plant in 4-5" pot 
$5.00

Seeds $1
(10 seeds)

Red Chinese Toon, Chinese Toon shoots, Chinese toon buds, Chinese toon leaves, Chinese cedar, Chinese mahogany cedar, Xiang Chun (Ya), Xiangchun (ya), Hsiang Tsun  (Xuan) -
Toona sinensis, Cedrella sinensis 
   
A native of China, Chinese toon is a perennial hardwood. The young leaves and shoots can be used as a vegetable called Hsiang Chun Ya (Xiang Chun Ya ) in China . The fresh young leaves and shoots contain 84% water, 9.8% protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 and B2, and are rich in aromatic substances. They are uniquely aromatic, excellent for stir fry (especially with egg), salad, fry, pickling, seasoning, etc. It is also used as a medicinal plant

Plant in 3-4" pot 
$15.00

Plant in 5-6" pot 
$30.00

Plant in 7-8" pot 
$45.00

Seeds $1
(10 seeds)

Bottle Gourd, Ornamental Gourd (Bầu Nậm, Bầu Hồ L) - 
Lagenaria siceraria

This fast-growing vine can quickly cover a trellis or any structure you want to hide (an unsightly wall, storage shed). At the end of the season, you will be rewarded with decorative gourds dangling on the vine. This gourd is expensive and not usually found even in Oriental markets. Delicious in stir-fried dishes, soup, or steamed.

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Seeds $1
(10 seeds)

Calabash, Long Gourd, Upo, Hu Lou Gua  (Bầu) - 
Lagenaria siceraria var.clavata

This fast-growing vine has big leaves and is very productive, producing fruits weighing upto 1 kilogram. Fruits are long, cylindrical, with light grn color. Pick when young for tender flesh, excellent in stir-fried dishes, soup, or steamed.


Plant in 4-5" pot 
$5.00

Seeds $1
(10 seeds)
 

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Ceylon Spinach, Vine Spinach, Malabar Spinach (Mồng Tơi) (Saan Choy)- Basella rubra, Basella rubra var. rubra
This tropical spinach is highly nutritious, easy to grow, and decorative. Does not bolt even under extreme July heat. The vine has bright purple color with green succulent leaves. Well-fertilized vines produce palm-sized leaves throughout summer for use in salad or soup.

More information and recipes for this heat-tolerant spinach:
http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/2945/

 


Seeds $1
(20 seeds)

Ipomoea batatas (Rau Lang, Đọt Lang) -  
This sweet-potato vine produce abundance of new growth and young leaves for cooking. This foliage is used (boiled or steamed) in many countries. At the end of the season, dig out the sweet potatos for baking or deep-frying.

Plant in 4" pot 
$5.00

Chili Pepper, Piment (Ớt T-hon)- Capsicum
These varieties are well suited for our short summer. The red fruits are intensively hot. The super dwarf variety can also be grown as a bonsai on your kitchen counter, a convenient living spice rack!

Varieties available: Dwarf, Superdwarf, Argentina's Goatweed, Peter's Pepper 

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Seeds $1
(20 seeds)

Amaranth (Rau Dền)- Amaranthus rubra
This colorful vegetable makes nice decorative plants in your garden. Bright green leaves have contrasting red spots. Used steamed or boiled.

Seeds $1
(40 seeds)

Corchorus olitorius Okra Leaf(Rau Đay)- Corchorus olitorius
Also called bush okra, Jew's mallow, or jute mallow, this is a popular fiber crop in West Africa, Vietnam, Malaysia, Egypt, Philippines, and Central America. Plants with small yellow flowers borne in the leaf axils can grow to more than 5' tall. The optimum planting distance was found to be 50 cm. x 20 cm. It is an upright, slightly woody herb with serrated leaves. The edible shoot tips are cooked in stews and have a mucilaginous consistency similar to okra. In West Africa the leaves and tips are stored dry, and in India the shoots are cooked with rice.

Plant in 3-4" pot 
$5.00

Plant in 5-6" pot 
$15.00

Seeds $1
(10 seeds)

cai ro Oriental Kale, (Cải Lng, Cải N, Cải Rổ)
A favorite leaf-vegetable commonly used in stir-fried dishes (especially with oyster-sauce). Crunchy stalks and tender leaves, with nut-like flavor.

Seeds $1
Chinese Mustard, Mustard Green, Gai Choy (Cải Xanh)- This popular Oriental leafy vegetable is the same plant used in Europe to make mustard. With a mild peppery taste, the leaves are steamed, stir fried, or used in salads. Hotter varieties are used for pickling.


Seeds $1

Oyster Herb, Oyster Plant, Boatlily (Cy Lẻ Bạn, Lảo Bạn, S Huyết)- Tradescantia discolor, Rhaeo discolor 
Leaves are sword-shaped, erect, dark green above and deep purple underneath. Interesting flowers: small, white, three-petaled, crowded into boat-shaped bracts borne down among leaves. Used as a medicinal herb in South Asia.

Plant in 3-4" pot
$10

in 5-6" pot $20.00

in 8" pot
$30.00

Chopsuy Green, Vegetable Chrysanthemum (Tần-, Cải Cc) Aromatic leaf vegetable with pretty yellow flowers. Used fresh or in soup.

Seeds $1

Coriander, Cilantro, Chinese Parsley (Ng) - Widely used as garnish in Oriental and Italian dishes, this herb is said to relieve the common cough. Used in Vietnamese spring rolls, Mexican salsa, and many other dishes. 

Seeds $1

Coriander (Mexican), Culantro (Ng Gai) - Eryngium foetidum
Withstand hot weather better than the regular coriander, this herb retains its flavor even after cooked. Used in many Oriental and Latin American dishes.

Plant in 3-4" pot
$5.00

Seeds $1

Coriander (Vietnamese) (Rau Rm) - Polygonum odoratum, Persicaria odorata
With its mild but distinct aroma, the Vietnamese coriander is becoming more popular among new herbs. This tender perennial can be used in many dishes where the regular coriander is called for. It is widely used to garnish salads, especially the well-known Ga Xe Phay (Vietnamese shredded chicken salad).

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  $5.00

Egyptian Walking Onion (Hnh L)- 
Allium cepa var. viviparum

You have got to see it to believe it! The plant practically 'walks' around your garden after a few seasons. Extremely hardy and easy to grow, this perennial provides your kitchen with green shallot from early April to late October. Very vigorous and trouble-free.

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  $5.00
1-2 Bulbs $1

Fish Wort (Vấp C)- Houttuynia cordata
Perennial herb hardy to zone 5. Nice heart-shaped leaves are used fresh in salad and other dishes.

Plant in 4" pot

 $5.00

Chinese Chive, Garlic Chive, Gow Choy (Hẹ)- A hardy perennial chive with aroma more intensive than that of the regular chive. Very easy to grow. Clump-forming. Used fresh in salad, spring rolls, in stir-fried dishes or in soups. The taste is like a combination of leek, chives, and garlic. 

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  $5.00
Seeds $1

Upright Elephants Ears  (Bạc H) - Alocasia odora, Arum odorum
 - An aquatic plant that grows to 1 meter or more. The stalk (stem) is used in Tom-Yum soup or Tamarind soup.

 

Plant in 3- 4" pot
$5.00

in 6-7" pot
$15.00

Small Bulb $1
 

Katuk, Sweet Bush, (Bồ Ngót, Bù Ngót, Rau Ngót)- Sauropus androgynous

Katuk, Sauropus androgynus is common in Asia. It is rarely found in the wild, occurring from India to Vietnam. A delicious hot weather green vegetable, widely considered to be one of the most prolific, nutritious and appetizing of all green-leaved vegetables. It has been proven to out yield all other edible leafy greens, and thus merits further attention.

Katuk is one of the staple vegetables in South Asia. The superb and unique flavor of these leaves is most similar to peanuts, also similar to snow peas. Then tender tips, the leaves, the flowers and the young berries are all used for food. Older leaves can be eaten raw but are commonly cooked. The young leaves and tips are eaten raw in salads. When cooked all parts of the plant have a distinct agreeable aroma and flavor and the leaves and stems retain their dark green color. The leaves have about 6-10% protein content. The roots and leaves are sometimes used as medicine.

Plant in
3-4" pot
$15

in 5-6" pot
$25

Ngo` Om (Ng m) - Limnophila aromatica

Unique aquatic herb with a distinct aroma. Used in many Vietnamese dishes (Sour soup, salads). 

Plant in
3-4" pot
$10

in 5-6" pot
$20