This semi-aquatic member of the parsley family is native to South Africa, Japan, China, Sri Lanka and the South Pacific. In addition to its large, fan-like leaves, the plant is unique in that it has virtually no detectable fragrance of flavor. Despite this, the leaf is used fresh or dried in Asian cuisine, often in combination with other herbs and spices to enhance flavor. In China and India, where gotu kola is called the “fountain of life” and Indian Pennywort, respectively, the herb has a long history of use that dates back thousands of years.
Gotu kola is also known as Pennywort and Tiger's Herb, gotu kola is a major agricultural crop in India, where the leaf is eaten as a salad green and cooked vegetable.
The dried leaf is used to make liquid extracts, teas and other beverages.
1oz dried gotu kola leaves