In China it is called the “herb of immortality”. Also known as Jiaogulan, this climbing plant is valued as extremely healthy and is already gaining more and more popularity here in Europe. What distinguishes this medicinal plant, how is it properly cared for and how it can be enjoyed, we will tell you today in this article.

Jiaogulan can be grown as a garden or potted plant

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Why is Jiaogulan called “Herb of Immortality”?

The home of Jiaogulan (lat. Gynostemma pentaphyllum) is Southeast Asia. The plant thrives and is also widespread in countries such as India, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam. It has also been grown in Europe since the middle of the 20th century. It got its name mainly in connection with the southern Chinese province of Guizhou.

Most of the people in China who are over a hundred years old live there. For a long time, scientists have been investigating what it is supposed to be. After factors such as genetics and climate have been eliminated, it becomes clear that the regular consumption of tea should be the main cause of the high life expectancy. The people in this region of Asia have always been drinking Jiaogulan tea. They say the plant works just like ginseng, only much better and stronger.

The tea can be prepared with both fresh and dried leaves

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The numerous healing effects of Jiaogulan

The herb of immortality belongs to the cucurbit family and, according to traditional Chinese folk medicine, is one of the ten most effective and healthiest plants for the human organism. This is mainly due to its valuable ingredients such as saponins, flavonoids, polysaccharides, trace elements such as zinc, magnesium and iron as well as the many essential amino acids. No wonder that Jiaogulan has a strong immune stimulating effect with such a content. In addition, the plant is considered an effective adaptogen that reduces oxidative stress and has a balancing effect on body and soul. In addition to the many positive properties of the medicinal plant, there are also the pronounced anti-aging and anti-carcinogenic effects. Jiaogulan is also considered to balance the hormonal balance, blood sugar level and blood pressure.

A remarkable climbing medicinal plant from the Far East

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But be careful! Do not confuse Jiaogulan with wild wine. Although these are quite different, both have fairly similar leaves and are just as trailing.

How to properly care for the herb of immortality?

It is a relatively robust and easy to care for plant. Nevertheless, there are a few things to consider. Jiaogulan especially loves sunny and partially shaded places in the garden and can withstand temperatures as low as minus 15 degrees Celsius in winter. If you want to grow the Far Eastern herb in a bucket, then it would be advisable to place it in the winter garden or in a room at temperatures between 10-15 degrees. The optimal soil is sandy to loamy, rich in humus and neutral or slightly acidic. The plant does not like waterlogging, but should not dry out, moderate watering would be absolutely right. Propagation works best with cuttings or by dividing the roots. Do not forget that Jiaogulan is a climbing plant and always needs a climbing aid such as a frame or grid when growing.

Lush green in the garden or on the balcony

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How is Jiaogulan consumed?

In Asia, the herb of immortality is not only drunk as a tea, but also generally enjoyed as a food. If you want, you can add the fresh leaves of the plant to salads or smoothies, for example, or prepare them like spinach in many dishes. The slightly sweet taste, especially with fresh, younger leaves, is reminiscent of liquorice. When dried, however, the herb has a tart, bitter taste and is often sweetened with honey or agave syrup in tea. Basically, only the leaves of the plant are used for both medicinal and culinary purposes. The small, black berries, the stems and the roots are usually inedible.

In Asia, jiaogulan is prepared in many traditional dishes

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This is what the small fruits of the medicinal plant look like

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Invite this Far Eastern exotic in your garden or on your balcony. Enjoy not only its fresh green, but also its numerous healing effects, which have rightly given it the name “herb of immortality”.

A great addition to the raised bed

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You can also build the tendril aid out of steel

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The herb of immortality also cuts a fine figure in hanging baskets!

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