Gnetum gnemon var. griffithii

Gnetum gnemon

Gnetum gnemon is a species of Gnetum native to Southeast Asia and Melanesia. The subspecies Gnetum gnemon var. griffithii is edemic to Vietnam. Its young leaves are harvested as a vegetable, and is called rau bép.

  • Family: Gnetaceae
  • Genus: Gnetum
  • Species: G. gnemon
  • Subspecies: Gnetum gnemon var. griffithii
  • Vietnamese name: rau bép, rau nhíp
Gnetum gnemon as a vegetable
Gnetum gnemon as a vegetable

In Central Highlands of Vietnam, the local ethnic people use the gnetum leaves both as a leaf vegetable and a medicinal herbs. The plant is also cultivated as a vegetable in some areas of Lâm Đồng, and Bình Phước provinces.

Cooking gnetum leaf soup in bamboo
Cooking gnetum leaf soup in bamboo

Culinary uses

The rau bép becomes a delicacy vegetable in some restaurants in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. The gnetum leaves can be cooked in soups, in hot pot dishes, or stir-fried with chicken offal, or with beef.

Boiled gnetum leaves
Boiled gnetum leaves
Stir-fried gnetum leaves with unlaid chicken eggs
Stir-fried gnetum leaves with unlaid chicken eggs
Stir-fried gnetum leaves with beef
Stir-fried gnetum leaves with beef

 

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