Basics about the Water Dropwort or Minari Plant

Basics about the Water Dropwort or Minari Plant

You may have seen this plant in the vegetable market for sure, if not, then at least on culinary television shows. Minari Plant is botanically known as Oenanthejavanica. But this plant has quite popular names:

  • Water Celery
  • Java Waterdropwort
  • Water Dropwort
  • Chinese Celery
  • Korean Minari
  • Japanese Parsley

 

The Oenanthejavanica plant

Basics of Water Dropwort Minari

Dropwort Celery is native to East Asian countries and is also found in Australia. Oenanthejavanica is a genus of Oenanthe that belongs to the Apiaceae family. It is a perennial herb generally used for culinary purposes. Being an edible shrub, it is consumed as a vegetable and used as a flavouring agent in many places. In India, the Minari herb is well known as Komprek and is a popular ingredient in the North-Eastern region.

Minari plant leaves

Each of the Water Celery nodes develops fibre roots and flowers. The plant leaves have a specific aroma and the stems are long and thick. Water Dropwort Minari is one of the aquatic plants the leaves’ taste may be similar to a carrot.

Minari Plant Health Benefits

Minari plant has anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties which makes it a popular beauty care hack. Not only cosmetic, but Chinese celery also has medicinal benefits. Minari plant is consumed to cure diseases like jaundice, liver disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, food poisoning and stomach aches. It is believed that the Minari plant purifies the blood thus reducing inflammation. The plant contains iron and ascorbic acid, vitamin E, beta-carotene, calcium and riboflavin.

Korean Minari Seeds or Minari Herb Seeds

Minari plant is an exotic herb that can be grown in home gardens. It is quite easier to grow and care for. Being a perennial plant, water dropwort grows under partial sunlight and in marshland. However, growing Minari plant from stems is much easier than growing them from seeds. The seeds are hardly found in the US market.

Easy to propagate through stem cuttings

Facts about Minari Plant

Interestingly, there is a movie named Minari that won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film is based on a true story. The movie explains how a middle class Korean American family tries to fit in to achieve their American dream. Minari is found on plates of beggars as well as millionaires. And thus the name of the movie.

Minari movie

Fun fact, among another genus of Oenantheplants, Oenanthejavanicais the only non-toxic one. All of the Korean Minari plant parts are edible. This Minari plant is consumed in seasonings and salads.

FAQs

Is minari easy to grow?

Yes, the Minari plant is easily grown in home gardens if propagated with stem cuttings.

Is there a plant called minari?

Yes, there is a plant known as Minari, also known as Chinese celery, Water Dropwort etc.

What is the minari plant good for?

Minari plant is good for medicinal purposes as it cleanses your body and reduces inflammation.

Can you eat minari?

Among another genus of Oenantheplants, Oenanthejavanicais the only non-toxic one. All of the Korean Minari plant parts are edible. This Minari plant is consumed in seasonings and salads.


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