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Hedgerow foraging

Many traditional Thai ingredients that grow wild, and were once kept in gardens, can be used to create wonderful dishes

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God sends us the rainy season, and if it causes certain problems it also comes bearing gifts. Among them are some ordinary wild herbs such as tamlueng, yawt krathin and yawt cha-ome, three plants that Thai cooks can turn into some wonderful dishes. 

Vine form: 'Tamlueng' shoots, which appear everywhere in Thailand, assisted by the birds.

All three of them grow in the natural environment and thrive especially well during the rainy season. They can be found easily enough in the wild, but most people need them so often, and include them in so many meals, that they grow their own. Some can be grown around the edge of the property to make a natural fence, so that they are sometimes referred to as pak rim rua, or hedge vegetables. When they are planted this way they not only look beautiful, they also save the household the time and expense of buying them in the market.

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