Xi Xin, also known as wild ginger, is a perennial herb native to China and other parts of Asia. It is commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine and has a spicy, pungent flavor that is similar to ginger. The plant grows to about 20-30 cm in height and has heart-shaped leaves and small red flowers. The root, leaves, and stem of the plant are all used in cooking and medicinal preparations.
In cooking, Xi Xin is often used to add flavor to soups, stir-fries, and other dishes. It is also used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, although there is limited scientific evidence to support these uses. Xi Xin has a pungent taste similar to other ginger roots.
Botanical Name: Herba cum Radix Asari
Also known as: Chinese wild ginger, 细辛, Asarum sieboldii