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White mugwort (Artemisia lactiflora)

Bitter compounds in this perennial aromatic herb stimulate digestive function.

Mugwort flowers.

Mugwort flowers.

Common Names
White mugwort, wormwood, ghostplant, angle dish, pearl dish (En); artémise (Fr); ajenjo blanco (Sp); 角菜, 珍珠菜 (Cn)

Plant Distribution
East and Southeast Asia

Edible Parts
Leaves and tender stems are eaten boiled or stir-fried, or in soups.

Health Values
Beta-carotene: extremely high; riboflavin: medium; ascorbic acid: medium; calcium: low; iron: medium; protein: 3.6%. Leaves contain also sesquiterpene lactones (bitter absinthin and anabsinthin that stimulate digestive function, antimalarial artemisinin), monoterpene (narcotic thujone), and cytotoxic diacetylenic spiroketal enol ethers that have cancer-preventing effects.

Read more: White mugwort, in Discovering Indigenous Treasures: Promising Indigenous Vegetables from Around the World. 2009. AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center.