PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Asiatic Tearthumb

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Polygonum perfoliatum / Polygonaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  Mile-a-minute

CONDITIONS: sun/shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

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lemon

RAW/COOK

Spring

Leaves

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lemon

RAW/COOK

Spring/Summer

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

 

RAW/COOK

Aug-Oct

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

 

RAW/COOK

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small-medium

 

COMMENT/CAUTION:  Tender young leaves and shoots - raw or cooked. An acid flavor. Used as a vegetable. Cooked with other greens and eaten as a side dish with rice. Seed - raw or cooked. It is rather small and fiddly to utilize. The ripe fruits (seeds) are eaten fresh, especially by children.(1) CAUTION: Barbs on leaves and vines. Greens contain oxalic acid which is minimized when cooked.

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: “Asiatic tearthumb fruits are edible to humans and have a high potassium content. Asiatic tearthumb has been used in China as an herbal medicine for the relief of fever, inflammation, cough, and swelling. It has also been used to treat snakebites and dysentery. Asiatic tearthumb extracts may reduce blood sugar levels and inhibit cancer cell growth.”(3)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: Extracts from the whole plant have been used for insect pest control in China.(3)

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Persicaria+perfoliata
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polygonum_perfoliatum
  3. https://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/vine/polpef/all.html