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Aug 3, 2014 07:44 AM

Need Help Identifying Vietnamese Herb

A neighbor gave me seeds to grow this plant, but I have absolutely no idea what it is; I've even done a web search. She hardly speaks English and cannot even write down the name in Vietnamese. It stands about 24" tall, only has 2 or three leaves at the bottom, and the top 12" has these 2" long thin pods that are very peppery; very similar to nasturtium. I would assume the pods are used in stir fries.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. I'm looking, I've seen it used in a stir fry on youtube... somewhere...

    Edit: I specifically remember it because I hadn't seen it before. I've went through my history and can't find it, this is aggravating. Now I have to know what it is or it'll bug me the rest of the day.

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    1. I haven't seen anything like this. If you can get me a closer up picture, I can show my mom to see if she knows what it is.

      1. Are you sure the leaves aren't the good stuff and the plant just went to seed, producing all those pods?

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        1. re: tcamp

          I'm almost positive I've seen this but younger and shorter, she broke the heads off and used them in a stir fry. It's driving me nuts. She definitely didn't use the leaves. She had them laid out across a plate with the other vegetables but not very much, like an herb instead of a vegetable.

        2. That looks like Field Mustard, Brassica Rapa
          Are the bottom Leaves Arrow shaped and Wrap around the Stem? Where the Flowers Yellow?

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              1. re: tcamp

                It doesn't seem to look the same as the photos I've seen; the leaves are very round, not pointed, and I don't see the unusual pods that mine have. Also, the flowers are yellow, but much more insignificant that those shown. Maybe it is a Southeast Asian variety.

            1. It might help in identifying the plant if you photograph it more clearly: put something behind the stems and pods -such as a piece of lightly-tinted paper- to separate them from the background; that'd allow viewers to concentrate on what's relevant.
              Pretty as what you've given us is, the image is nearly illegible.

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              1. re: Phil Ogelos

                Here are 2 better photos, and the leaves are inedible.

                1. re: SmartCookie

                  Much easier to see; thanks, SC.
                  (I don't recognise it, though; sorry.)

                2. re: Phil Ogelos

                  Here's a photo I found online that identifies it as Brassica Rapa Nipposinica, but it definitely isn't Mizuna...very strange.