Vietnamese Names: Rau Chua, Lá Chua
Common Culinary Name: Common Sorrel, French Sorrel
Botanical Family & Name: Polygonaceae, Rumex Acetosa(French Sorrel) or Scrutatus (Garden Sorrel)
Vegetative Description: Broad long leaves with wavy edge.
Native Habitat & Ecology:
Tasting Notes: Sour, tart
Culinary Uses: The introduction of this herb is relatively new to Việt Cuisine. Families that use it, normally add it to the fresh raw herb plates to be eaten with soups or spring rolls. Those who are not too familiar with it consider often find it too “sour” for their taste.
Medicinal Uses: Laxative. Said to be beneficial for scurvy.
Propagation: By seed.
Other Names: Gonggoora or Ambada Bhadji (Indian)