Bizarre Herb - Crab Claw Herb Peperomia pellucida (rau cang cua; pepper elder; shining bush plant
Are you familiar with an herb called "crab claw herb Peperomia pellucida"? I have never heard of it until I visited Vietnam 3 years ago.
This wild herb called grows everywhere in Vietnam, the locals said. Most Vietnamese make a salad out of them. This salad called gỏi rau càng cua in Vietnamese tastes very good dipped in a Vietnamese dipping sauce.
Crab claw herb is cool, antipyretic, nutritious, has sour taste and juice. It is also good for curing some skin disease. Smash crab claw herb, squeeze to get the juice, mix with a bit of salt and put on the wound will help. Asked the vendor how they usually cook the Crab claw herb, "beef salad with oil vinegar sauce" jumped out without hesitation. She said, there are many ways to do this dish. I guess the possibility is endless, just like many other Vietnamese herbs..
The crab claw is successfully grown in The Clayton Farm (zone 9, perennial or reseeded, not exactly sure). The plants were from 2 years olds. They get bushier every year. Want to get your hand on this rare herb? https://www.the-clayton-farm.com/product-page/crab-claw-herb-peperomia-pellucida-rau-cang-cua-pepper-elder-shining-bush-plan