Vegetable Pepper / Betel Leaf

Vegetable Pepper / Betel Leaf

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certified organic cert number 22013

Usually available: October to April

Life cycle: Perennial
Height: 50cm
Position: Part shade
Soil preference: Well drained

This is how we pack and send your Herb Plants to all states except TAS & WA

You will receive
- 1 Vegetable Pepper / Betel Leaf Herb Plant in a 50 X 75mm tube - General growing instructions

All of our Herb Plants are grown organically with certified organic potting mixes and fertilizers

Botanical Name: Piper sarmentosum

Vegetable pepper is a perennial, creeping plant growing up to about 60cm. The leaves are dark green and glossy and oval-shaped with a pointed tip and have small white flowers that occur in little rounded spikes. It also goes by the names wild pepper, Cha plu in Thailand, La lot in Vietnam and various other names throughout Asia like the betel leaf plant. Although commonly called Betel leaves in Australia, we have always called it vegetable pepper to identify it from Betel pepper the leaves of which are chewed with lime and the fruit/nut from the betel palm.


The leaves which have a spicy peppery taste can be cooked like spinach and used as a vegetable or can be shredded and added to soups stews and stir-fries at the end of cooking to give a subtle peppery flavour. Raw Vegetable Pepper leaves can also be torn or shredded into salads and are particularly nice in rice salad. The leaves are also used to wrap small pieces of food. In Thailand, cha plu is used to wrap raw ginger, peanuts, shrimps, shallots and lime to make delicious small snacks. The Vietnamese use la lot to wrap small amounts of minced meat, which are then fried in oil.

Try this recipe on our blog Spicy Chicken Salad on Betel leaves.

Medicinal Uses

A decoction of the leaves is used to treat coughs, flu, asthma, rheumatism, pleurisy and lumbago. The leaves are chewed for toothache.

Growing Conditions

Piper sarmentosum likes a warm spot in the shade with rich soil and good drainage. If you get cold winters it will die back a bit and go yellow, then come away again in warmer weather. it will not tolerate frost. It does spread easily so you may want to keep it in its own bed and trim it regularly.



All information provided on this website is for informational purposes only. Please seek professional advice before commencing any treatment.


Our shipping costs are a flat rate, meaning you can add any amount of products to your order and you will pay the same.

Regular Post - $10.95
Express Post - $12.95 (If your order contains a plant express is required)


We cannot send plants to Western Australia, Northern Territory & Tasmania due to restrictions.

We can send plants to Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, ACT.

Monday and Tuesday (for all zones)


We send (Australia wide):

Monday to Thursday

*Subjected to actual conditions. Find out more about our Delivery information.


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Herb Plants
- If you are unhappy with the quality of Herb plants they must be photographed on the day of receiving and emailed to us within 24 hours.

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