Hemp vegetables of the highlanders

Compared to the ginseng of the highland people, the five-year-old vegetable (the people are familiar call hemp vegetable ) that the ethnic minorities in Sa Pa and Bac Ha still grow as a fence has been known by many people comes by the taste of a medicinal vegetable with good health effects.

Recently, having the opportunity to work in the highlands of Sa Pa, I enjoyed a rustic meal of the ethnic minorities here, including hemp vegetables that people picked from the fence to stir-fry with dried meat kitchen attic. In the bitter cold of late autumn and early winter, the aroma of dried meat at the kitchen counter mixed with the fleshy taste of hemp has created an attractive culinary dish.

Eleutherococcus gracilistylus fries chickencoop

The tops of hemp vegetables are often picked fresh by the highlanders from the fields to stir-fry with garlic, more luxuriously, they can be chopped and fried with chicken eggs or with horse meat. Like angelica stir-fried with horse meat, hemp vegetables are grown by people to eat. Many visitors to Sa Pa or Bac Ha after enjoying this vegetable dish are very interested because of the bitter, sweet and fragrant taste of the vegetable creating a very special flavor for the dish. People in the lowlands have ordered this dish when they know it, but because it is a green vegetable, it is difficult to transport it far away, so few people can buy it.

Talking to engineer Luong Van Hoang, Sa Pa Institute of Medicinal Materials (under the Ministry of Health), he said: Scheflera heptaphylla is a precious herb. The bark and young tops contain saponins. The Scheflera heptaphylla are very good for health, related to ginseng. The young tops can be used as vegetables, processed into simple dishes such as cooking fish soup, stir-fried with beef, while the old leaves and old branches can be boiled.

The Eleutherococcus gracilistylus is bought by many lowland tourists

Many research documents take note,  that the eleutherococcus gracilistylus is a medicinal plant of the ginseng family included in the list of widely used traditional medicine remedies, in the form of a shrub with thorny stems. The plant has many effects such as strong anti-oxidant, anti-aging, and fatigue, as a tonic to improve health, enhance memory, cure stomach diseases, low numbness. Some of the active ingredients in the eleutherococcus gracilistylus also have anti-cancer and anti-viral properties.

Particularly for people in the highlands, this is a "panacea", eating to have better sleep, simply processing it into a green vegetable dish in the daily menu also has a good effect on health. Some ethnic minority households in Bac Ha highland have been growing this "ginseng" vegetable variety in their home garden because of the "double benefit", both as a green vegetable and an additional income when tourists order it.

According to LCE

Related Posts

Coming to Van Ban to enjoy black square glutinous rice cake

Black square glutinous rice cake has long become a familiar dish for the highlanders of Lao Cai, because the cake is filled with the quintessence of local cuisine. With Van Ban's own ingredients, the black square glutinous rice cake of the Tay ethnic group here has also brought a special flavor to diners.

Mother’s sticky rice

"Remember dear, roasted rice sometimes have black seeds, so before making sticky rice, you have to pick them up carefully. When soaking, you only pour cold water over the surface of the rice to keep the flavor of the nuggets intact. When a stick of black incense burns out, pour out the rice, drain the water, and then put it in the sticky rice pot. From the time the water boils, you remember to...

Famous Bac Ha Pho

Bac Ha has long been likened to a miniature of "Da Lat" in the Northwest region. Not only the poetic scenery, simple people, but also the culinary culture of the ethnic communities here are also very special.

Visitors explore Sapa's food and agricultural products market fair

Coming to the Sapa Upper Mother Temple Festival in 2022, visitors can experience and explore the Sapa food and agricultural products market fair.

Mother’s rice cake

For Mrs. Quach Thi Hoan, born in 1961, in Lang Giang hamlet, Thai Nien commune (Bao Thang district), the rice cakes, also known as sticky rice cakes, which she was taught the "secret" by her mother-in-law since becoming her daughter-in-law, which has become her family's favorite dish for decades.

Go to Muong Bo to enjoy "flying shrimp"

Every year, starting from the end of September, the beginning of October, on the terraced fields of Sapa highland, ripe rice is dyed a brilliant yellow. This is also the season when locals go to catch the fat, round grasshopper ... which they are used to calling with the common name: "Flying shrimp".