SPICE IT UPHuacatay: Stinking Roger
Unless you’re a herb and spice expert, there’s bound to be a few spices that you’ve never heard of.
Perhaps Mace isn’t so well known, or asafetida, ajowan, nigella and salem or cubeb peppers.
But then a herb comes along that even stumps the guru that comes on the program, and it even turns out to be a weed.
Let’s find out .
I'm talking with Ian Hemphill from www.herbies.com.au
Huacatay leaves are a little bit like cilantro or coriander.
- Also used a lot in South American food going with pork and duck very well. A traditional dish made with potato and goat, called "Ocapa."
- If you have stinking roger growing in your garden, then perhaps the dried leaf could be used in cooking, but I wouldn’t recommend harvesting anything along the roadside because it may have been sprayed with an insecticide.
- Not only that, all the fallout from hundreds of cars passing the weed, shall we say, won’t be a good thing to want to eat no matter how many times you washed it.
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