Known as Vietnamese Coriander, Rau Ram is dark green and spotted with two purple streaks. This herb holds a variety of complex flavors. It’s spicier than traditional mint, with a slight lemony and bitter aftertaste.
What is Rau Ram (Vietnamese coriander)?
Vietnamese cilantro or Rau ram is a plant that’s native to Southeast Asia. With a crisp, tender, and slightly chewy consistency, Rau Ram has a slight aroma similar to the smell of coriander. Rau Ram is botanically listed as Persicaria odorata belonging to the Polygonaceae family. They are fast-growing plants in nature. Rau ram is native to Southeast Asia and easily found in places around trees and water-filled areas.
How does Rau ram taste?
These leaves are a very popular culinary ingredient. The greens contain a peppery, spicy, vegetal, and herbal flavor, Rau ram is widely used, specifically in Vietnamese dishes. Rau Ram has been utilized in accompaniment to soups, vegetables, rice, poultry for years.
Rau Ram is known as a key ingredient to balance strong taste dishes. This herb is always used in fresh leaves. For the similarity to cilantro in texture, aroma, and taste, Rau Ram makes the dishes become more unique. They are favorable to appear in spring rolls, sandwiches, salads, especially larb, or topping for stir-fries. Rau Ram leaf can be a good option to add in curries, fish stews, mixed rice paper, and soups. Moreover, Rau Ram is also mixed into poultry and sweet sour salads to bring about the best cuisines. People use Vietnamese coriander for diabetes, stomach pain, constipation, dandruff, gas (flatulence)
Benefits of Rau Ram
There aren’t any specific studies about its medical benefits. However, for thousands of years, Rau Ram has been a natural remedy in Southeast Asia for its anti-inflammatory and digestive properties. Since its hot and herbal taste, Rau Ram is commonly used to warm the digestive tract. Since its rich fiber content, Rau Ram also helps cleansing the body regularly. The leaves are believed to have perks for the immune system against colds and flu. In Vietnam, Rau Ram is a famous herb among Buddhist monks, they cultivate and consume Rau Ram, which is believed to help lower libido and maintain celibacy.
Vietnamese coriander has flavonoids which work as antioxidants. This chemical helps a lot in preventing skin’s wrinkles and makes it glow. Vietnamese coriander also contains a chemical that is said to stop cancer cells from growing.
Tips to use Rau Ram
– No matter how you use it, this fragrant herb will give a new type of aroma to your dish.
– You can brighten flavors in your poultry dishes such as boiled chicken or duck with the help of this herb.
– Adding the leaves as a topping for salads (cabbage, starfruit, lotus root, etc) is also a worthy try.
Where can you buy Rau Ram?
You can find fresh Rau Ram (Vietnamese Coriander) in our store. Check out Long Produce store for your favorite spice, fruit, veggie you may have.
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