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Thoughts on fish mint (houttuynia)?

do they taste the same? :)

Jun 11, 2012
applechowder in General Topics

Thoughts on fish mint (houttuynia)?

That's a good description- it can have a pond bottom/paddy water smell! So in that way, I imagine it may stink like pond water if there's a lot of these guys, but the smell is usually subtle if fresh i think. I can see what you mean by that it doesn't really taste like fish, but to me it does. There's this certain fish dish served with ginger that tastes very similar to fish mint to me. :)

Jun 11, 2012
applechowder in General Topics

Thoughts on fish mint (houttuynia)?

Fish mint really does taste fishy. I like it better when it's young and fresh. If it's old, it tastes more fishy. And if it's an older plant such as the leaves are big; they are less tender and more gritty to eat. I like it, but I might be biased because I love herbs; the stronger the taste, the better for me- i can eat cilantro and mint like salad and not really as herbs. :) People are right though, it grows like an invasive weed. BUT, you can grow it in a bin/pot/container- make sure the dirt level isn't too high; the plant shouldn't be peeking out of the container, and it should be fine. I'm not sure how the chameleon plant differs from the fish mint; only that supposedly the chameleon plant is not edible like the fish mint: http://vietherbs.com/herb-directory/f... You also shouldn't need to order seeds. You can get the plants as ready to eat herbs from a Vietnamese market and root it yourself by just putting the stem part in water; you can even add rooting hormones. After that, transplant to dirt and it thrives! hm... maybe you could even try growing indoors by putting it in a hanging pot; that might even look nice! :

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Oh, I thought what Mhoonruk posted was interesting. I have tasted these fish mints that tasted very different at different times. So maybe I was trying different ecotypes. :) It's true, they can taste a little citrusy-gingery or coriander-ish.

Jun 08, 2012
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