Leaves of the Wild betel (Piper sarmentosum) are similar to Betel leaves (Piper betle) but the taste is less intense. The Wild betel leaves are used in Thailand in a dish called Miang kham, where the leaves are used to wrap several ingredients together and are then eaten as a snack or starter. The ingredients of this snack include roasted coconut shavings, small pieces of shallots, red or green bird’s eye chili, ginger, garlic, lime (Citrus aurantifolia), dried shrimp, roasted peanuts and palm syrup.
Did you know that?
- The wild betel should not be confused with a wild beetle or even a wild beatle.