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Scientific Name: Rungia klossi

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  • Perennial
  • The Mushroom plant is native to Papua New Guinea and got its name from its leaves special mushroom flavour.
  • It is a bushy plant that can grow up to 60cm with thick, glossy, succulent dark green leaves and it bears sky-blue flowers in spring.
  • The mushroom plant likes to grow in warm conditions, preferably in shade or semi/shade as it doesn’t like to take too much direct sun and heat in summer.
  • It grows well in tropical and sub-tropical areas and needs protection from frost in cooler climates.
  • To continue harvesting during winter, it can be grown on the kitchen’s window sill.
  • Water regularly to encourage leaf growth and apply a liquid organic fertiliser every 2-3 weeks.
  • During winter it becomes dormant and straggly – it can be cut back to not lower than 20cm above the ground in spring.

Culinary Uses

  • The leaves taste like fresh mushrooms and have a crispy texture - add it raw to salads and sandwiches.
  • It gives a special flavour to cooking and the mushroom flavour increases with cooking - only add it at the last minute of cooking.
  • Over cooking can make the leaves lose their bright colour.
  • It can be added to quiches, omelettes, soups, stews, stir-fries and pasta sauces.

Parts Used

  • The leaves.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • It is a nutritious plant that is higher in protein than mushrooms and it contains Calcium, Vitamin C, Beta-carotene, Iron and other vitamins and minerals.
  • The glossy green leaves contain an exceptional amount of chlorophyll and are therefore particularly well suited for cleansing the blood and blood formation.
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