Raw Java Water Dropwort Leaves are Edible
java water dropwort
Its botanical name is Oenanthe javanica. Its Malay name is "daun selom". Its Chinese name literally means water celery. While many other Oenanthe plants are poisonous, Java water dropwort is edible.

Like water spinach, due to its semi-aquatic nature, its stems are hollow and it has trailing habit. Like mint, it also spreads stolons. Its bipinnately or tripinnately compound leaves with serrate margin have aesthetic value.

This perenniel herbaceous plant can thrive in tropical and subtropical regions. It can be easily propagated by cuttings. Just buy some from a wet market, then start propagating. To have thicker stems and bigger leaves, a lot of fertiliser should be applied.

Its leaves and stems can be eaten raw in salad or together with rice. The taste is pleasant without bitterness or sourness.

Posted: 2016-12-07 by Ong Seng Aun.
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