Water Pepper Seeds - Akatade
- 100 Seeds
- Maturity: 60-65 Days from Planting/Transplanting
- Grows 1-2 feet in height
- Thrives in wet, marshy areas
- Produces small, greenish-white flowers
- Prefers full sun to partial shade
- Used traditionally in Asian cuisines for its peppery flavor
- Known for potential medicinal properties
Origin & History:
Water pepper, known scientifically as Polygonum hydropiper and commonly called Akatade in Japan, has deep cultural roots in various parts of Asia. It has been recognized for centuries, not just for its culinary attributes but also for its medicinal applications in traditional healing practices.
Akatade or Water pepper is renowned for its peppery, slightly spicy flavor which makes it a cherished addition to certain Asian dishes, especially in Japanese cuisine. Apart from its culinary use, Water pepper has been traditionally utilized for its potential therapeutic properties, particularly in the realms of Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. It's also been explored for its potential anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.
Growing Habits & Planting Instructions:
Water pepper is a versatile plant that is quite adaptable to varying conditions but particularly thrives in damp, marshy areas. To grow, select a location with well-draining soil that receives a mix of sun and partial shade. Sow the seeds about 1/4 inch deep and keep the soil consistently moist. As the plant matures, it will produce slender stems and characteristic greenish-white flowers. While it can be grown in drier conditions, maintaining soil moisture will ensure a healthy, robust plant.