Root Beer Plant, Acuyo, False Kava-Kava. Close relative... more
Piper auritum - Root Beer Plant
Root Beer Plant, Acuyo, False Kava-Kava. Close relative of Piper methysticum (Kava-Kava), and Piper nigrum (Black Pepper), this herb originated from Tropical America and grows also in the South Pacific. Large-leaved perennial, known for its leaves, which are used for their spicy aromatic scent and flavor, some liken to root beer, others to anise-clove. This species is easily identified by its huge leaves which can grow over a foot long in older specimens. The leaves are chopped and used for flavoring, as well as used whole, as wrappings for meats, tamales, etc. P. auritum is very often confused with Piper methysticum (Kava-Kava), and probably has some similar effects.
Black pepper. Grow your own spice! Moderate growing... more
Piper nigrum - seeds
Black pepper. Grow your own spice! Moderate growing vine that can be grown on trellis. After soakig the seeds overnight in warm water carefully remove the hull. Plant at 1/2" depth in well drained soil mix. Must have constant warmth and bright light. Keep damp, but not wet.
Chaa-plu, Vietnamese Pepper. Eaten raw in salads or... more
Piper sarmentosum - Vietnamese Pepper, Lalot
Chaa-plu, Vietnamese Pepper. Eaten raw in salads or cooked with other greens or dishes, or wrap meats and cook in oven or on stove or grill. It is used medicinally in India and South China as well as Indonesia for feverish diseases, for digestive disorders, and toothache, to treat pain in the bones. When the root is chewed with betel nut, it is said to be helpful for the treatment of coughs and asthma. The leaves are used as food (food wraps) in Vietnam.