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Houttuynia cordata is also known as Bergen, Cencao, Chinese cabbage, purple worm, dog's ear, lung-shaped grass, fish scale pearl grass, pig's ear, etc.

Houttuynia cordata is a sweet potato perennial herb, 20-30 cm high; the upper part of the stem is erect, often purple-red, the lower part is prostrate, with whorled nodes and small roots; the leaves are oval-shaped alternate, the base is heart-shaped, and the leaves are green, the back is often purple-red; the capsule is nearly spherical, ribbed, and contains many small oval black seeds; the flowering period is May-June, and the fruiting period is October-November.

Houttuynia cordata often grows in shady and damp places on hillside woodlands, where overgrown weeds sometimes invade the fields. Mainly distributed in the southern provinces of the Yangtze River Basin.

Pungent in taste, and slightly cold, it has the functions of clearing away heat and removing dampness, resolving phlegm and relieving cough, dispelling carbuncle and suppuration, killing insects, eliminating accumulation, invigorating the spleen, and stopping bleeding. Traditional Chinese medicine is commonly used to treat pneumonia, lung abscesses, and dysentery. Malaria, edema, gonorrhea, leucorrhea, carbuncle, enteritis, hemorrhoids, rectal prolapse, eczema, hair loss, scabies, and other diseases.

Contains carbohydrates, dietary fiber, carotene, vitamins A, C, etc., calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, and other elements.

feeding time

The tender stems and leaves are eaten in spring and summer, and the whole grass is harvested in summer and autumn and sun-dried.


Houttuynia cordata has been widely grown and can be purchased from the market every season. Houttuynia cordata has a long history, and Li Shizhen listed it in the vegetable family in "Compendium of Materia Medica".

When eating Houttuynia cordata, you can eat the white roots and leaves, soaking in cold water can eliminate the odor.

Common practices: Houttuynia cordata two-meter porridge, cold Houttuynia cordata, fried bacon with Houttuynia cordata, steamed chicken with Houttuynia cordata, scrambled eggs with Houttuynia cordata, shredded Houttuynia cordata.

1. Houttuynia cordata rice porridge

Main ingredients: Houttuynia cordata 100 grams, rice 400 grams, millet 100 grams.

Seasoning: sesame oil, salt-appropriate amount.

Method: Wash and chop the Houttuynia cordata; add an appropriate amount of water to the rice pot and boil, add the washed rice, boil over high heat, turn to low heat and cook until almost cooked, add the washed millet and Houttuynia cordata to cook together, Cook time according to your taste. If it is eaten by the elderly and children, it can be boiled for a while until it boils a little; add sesame oil and salt, stir well, put it in a bowl, and serve.

This porridge can be used as a health care recipe for ordinary people, and it can also be used as a recipe for patients with lung disease, hepatitis, hemorrhoids, and eczema.

2. cold houttuynia cordata

Main ingredient: Houttuynia cordata 350 grams.

Condiments: salt, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, chicken essence, dried red pepper, peppercorns.

Method: Pinch off the old roots of Houttuynia cordata, leaving the tender white roots and leaves, rinse with water, soak for 10 minutes, remove them to dry, put them in a pot, add salt, soy sauce, white sweet and sour; cut the dried peppers Section, deep-fry together with Sichuan pepper until crispy, slightly mushy and fragrant, pour into a pot together with oil, sprinkle with a little chicken essence, mix well and place on a plate. The taste can be adjusted to your liking and different regions.

This dish has five flavors. It can be appetizing and strengthen the spleen, clearing away heat and dampness, resolving phlegm, and relieving cough. This is a great diet recipe.

3. Houttuynia cordata fried bacon

Main ingredients: 200 grams of bacon, and 150 grams of Houttuynia cordata.

Seasonings: Vegetable oil, salt, peppercorns, and peppercorns.

Method: Wash and cook the bacon, cut into thin slices, and pick and wash the Houttuynia cordata; when the oil is poured into the pot and cooked on a low heat to 60% hot, add the peppercorns and peppercorns and fry until slightly mushy, and then fry the bacon until half When it is transparent and slightly shiny, put in Houttuynia cordata and quickly stir-fry for a few times, sprinkle a little salt, cook a little stock, stir-fry a few times, and serve on a plate.

This dish is nutritious and has a unique aroma. It has the functions of anti-inflammatory and detoxifying, nourishing yin and moistening the lungs.

4. Steamed Chicken with Houttuynia Cordata

Main ingredients: 1 tender hen (about 1500 grams in weight), 200 grams of Houttuynia cordata.

Seasoning: salt, pepper, onion, gand inger appropriate amount.

Method: slaughter the chicken, remove the hair, remove the internal organs, wash the blood stains; remove the miscellaneous, wash the Houttdata, cut the shallots, and slice the ginger; put the salt, ginger, and green onions into the soup pot, pepper and an appropriate amount of water, Put the whole chicken into the soup pot, steam in the basket until the chicken is cooked, add Houttuynia cordata and steam for a while, then take it out of the cage.

This dish is nutritious, light, and palatable, and has the functions of anti-inflammatory and detoxification, warming and nourishing qi, and can be used as an auxiliary dietary therapy for patients with lung carbuncle, consumptive exhaustion, and weakness. edema, rectal prolapse, and other diseases.

5. Houttuynia cordata scrambled eggs

Main ingredients: 200 grams of fresh Houttuynia cordata, 3 eggs.

Seasoning: salt, chopped green onion, vegetable oil amount.

Method: Wash the Houttuynia cordata and cut it into small pieces, put the eggs into a bowl and stir well; heat the oil in the pan, add chopped green onion and stir fry, add Houttuynia cordata and stir fry for a few times, pour in the eggs and stir fry until lumps, add Add some salt, stir fry until it tastes good, and put it on a plate.

This vegetable has the functions of clearing away heat and detoxifying, nourishing yin, and moistening the lung, and can be used as an auxiliary nutritional diet for patients with pneumonia, lung carbuncle, carbuncle, carbuncle, red eyes, and heat dysentery.

6. Houttuynia cordata

Main ingredients: 150 grams of lean pork, and 150 grams of Houttuynia cordata.

Seasoning: vegetable oil, salt, monosodium glutamate, chopped green onion, shredded ginger, wet starch, stock.

Practice: Wash and shred the pork, put it in a bowl, add salt and wet starch and stir well; wash the Houttuynia cordata, and mix the salt, monosodium glutamate, wet starch, and broth into juice; put oil in a pan and heat it to 6 heat, add shredded pork and stir fry to the side of the pot, add shredded green onion and ginger, stir fry a few times, add Houttuynia cordata and quickly stir fry a few times, add the mixed juice to cook, stir well, and put out of the pot and put on a plate.

This dish is rich in nutrients, clears heat and relieves dampness, resolves phlegm and relieves cough, eliminates carbuncle, and discharges pus.

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