Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Toothache plant (Acmella oleracea) is a species of flowering herb in the family Asteraceae. In Brazil it is called jambu.
Its native distribution is unclear, but it is likely derived from a Brazilian Acmella species. It is grown as an ornamental and it is used as a medicinal remedy in various parts of the world.
A small, erect plant, it grows quickly and bears gold and red inflorescences. It is frost-sensitive but perennial in warmer climates.
For culinary purposes, small amounts of shredded fresh toothache plant leaves are said to add a unique flavour to salads.
Cooked leaves lose their strong flavour and may be used as leafy greens. Both fresh and cooked leaves are used in dishes such as stews in Brazil.
They are combined with chilies and garlic to
add flavor and vitamins to other foods. Toothache plant prefers well-drained, black (high organic content) soil.
Toothache plant seeds are simple to grow. Sprinkle some on damp, rich soil and cover with cling-film. The seeds will take about 2-3 weeks to germinate at room temperature.
They like partially shaded sunlight. Frost will kill them though.