We all know coriander. Do you also know the Vietnamese coriander? It is a real rarity, which we are planting more and more often.Vietnamese coriander: has an exotic peppery taste (sakchaiphoto / stock.adobe.com)
In the kitchen as well as in the garden, we hobby gardeners like to try something new every now and then. If you want to test a herb that is still very rare in Germany and therefore difficult to obtain (at least when it is fresh), you should bring a plant called Vietnamese coriander (Persicaria odorata) home. This spice plant is a real rarity. The herb is already widespread in Asia (its home country). For us, however, it is still a special feature.
What does Vietnamese coriander taste like?
Vietnamese coriander has an interesting taste. It tastes of softened coriander and slightly pepper. So dishes get that certain something. You can use it, for example, to spice up salads, Asian dishes or fish and meat dishes. Just try it out, maybe you will taste it. The cultivation is also quite simple.
Cultivation of Vietnamese coriander
The 50 - 60 cm tall plant originally comes from tropical areas and therefore prefers a lot of light and warmth. A partially shaded spot would also be fine. In general, however, it is always advisable to plant the Vietnamese coriander in a pot. So it can stand outdoors in summer and hibernate indoors in the cold season. After all, the aromatic spice plant is not hardy.
How to plant it:
1If you want to plant the Vietnamese coriander in a pot, the best thing to use as a substrate is a ready mix for herbs and vegetables. If frost is no longer to be expected or it is just in the middle of summer, you can place the spice plant in the garden or on the balcony.
2Then it is important that you keep the Vietnamese coriander evenly moist. So the floor must not dry out. If you give too much water, then that's not too bad. The Vietnamese coriander can take it.
3 It also doesn't hurt if you fertilize it from time to time. When planting in spring, for example, it is advisable to incorporate some compost into the soil. Then it is advisable to use organic liquid fertilizer from April to September. You must then administer this once a month. In winter, however, it is sufficient if you fertilize it every 8 weeks.
4If winter has come, put the spice plant in a warm and bright place in the house. Only when frost is no longer to be expected can you put the coriander back in the garden. A little tip: just put the pots in the flower boxes on the balcony. This looks very nice.
This is how you can propagate the Vietnamese coriander
Once you get a taste of it, you usually cannot get enough of the Vietnamese coriander. Therefore it is always good to know how to increase it. In itself, this is child's play and can be done quickly. Proceed as follows:
Cut approx. 5 cm long cuttings from the spice herb and put them directly into nutrient-poor soil. Then pour well, keep warm and cover with a fleece until roots have formed. You can then transplant them into larger pots.