Saururus (Houttuynia cordata)
East, Southeast, and South Asia
Astringent aromatic shoots, leaves and rhizomes are used as fresh herbal garnish in salad, soup, fish stew, etc.
Beta-carotene: medium; vitamin E: medium; folic acid: low; ascorbic acid: high; calcium: low; iron: high; protein: 2.4-3.2%. Leaves contain also antioxidative polyphenols, and volatile oils that are responsible for the plant’s characteristic flavor.
Read more: Saururus, in Discovering Indigenous Treasures: Promising Indigenous Vegetables from Around the World. 2009. AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center.