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Known as ‘Rau Ram’ in Vietnam, this
culinary herb has a wonderful spicy flavor with hints of cilantro. In fact, its excellent flavor and ease of growth make it a good Cilantro or Mint substitute. Lending a slightly peppery spice to dishes, compliments meats like pork very nicely. Terrific for flavoring stir frys and curries, though it tastes similar to Cilantro, it is not the same as the Cilantro plant's seeds, which are also called Coriander.
Vietnamese Coriander has green, pointed leaves that have a good spreading habit in the garden. It can be potted and grown indoors, but will stop producing once it outgrows the space allotted for it, so make sure to provide it with lots of room to grow with a bigger
pot or container.
Vietnamese Coriander, Rau Ram, prefers a moist environment, which makes it a great plant for areas near water gardens or places in your garden that tend to hold water longer.
Characteristics: Perennial in zone 11, Vietnamese Coriander grows easily indoors or out. Make sure to give it adequate room, as it can grow up to 36 inches high and get about 15 inches wide.
Light: Vietnamese Coriander prefers full sun.
Water:Grows best in constantly moist soil, so don't let your Vietnamese Coriander dry out between waterings. Suitable for areas of your garden that take longer to drain, or near ponds or water gardens.
Soil: Well drained but constantly moist (not flooded) soil. Also pots nicely for indoor growth.
Use: Vietnamese Coriander makes a great substitute for Cilantro, as it is easy to grow, does not bolt as quickly and has a very similar flavor profile. Terrific in tacos or stir frys, it compliments pork and pineapple very well.
Extras: Though Cilantro seeds are called Coriander, they are a spice and are not the same as this plant, which is a completely separate herb.
In traditional Vietnamese medicine, Vietnamese Coriander is considered to repress sexual urges. Though there is no scientific research available to support or refute this claim, Buddhist monks used to plant this herb in their personal gardens to help remain celibate.