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Name Variations Edit
- Ngo om
- Rau om
About Rice paddy herb Edit
Wikipedia Article About Rice paddy herb on Wikipedia
An Asian herb that is a small plant with green leaves and a unique flavor that is mildly sweet, similar to cumin. It is popular in Thai and Vietnamese cooking and is used in sweet dishes and sweet-and-sour dishes.
Limnophila aromatica (synonym: Limnophila chinensis var. aromatica; also called rice paddy herb) is a tropical flowering plant in the plantain family, Plantaginaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia, where it flourishes in hot temperatures and grows most often in watery environments, particularly in flooded rice fields. It is is used in Vietnamese cuisine and also cultivated for use as an aquarium plant. The plant was introduced to North America in the 1970s due to Vietnamese immigration following the Vietnam War.
L. aromatica was formerly classified as a member of the figwort family, Scrophulariaceae. L. aromaticoides is actually not a distinct species, but a variety of L. aromatica.