Ingredient Name: Rhizoma Imperatae, Mao Gen or Cogon Grass
Traditional Chinese Name: 茅根 (mao gen)
What is this?
- A rhizoma (or underground stem) that has roots and shoots underground
- These are long, thin stems that are beige in colour and can be found fresh or dried
- They are slightly sweet in taste and are said to be a “cooling” food
How do I prepare it?
- Wash thoroughly before use
Where can I buy this?
- It is also available in Hong Kong wet marts (fresh)
- You can purchase this in most Asian supermarkets (most likely prepackaged with sugar canes)
What is the cost?
- The imperatae is very affordable with a bunch (about 10-15 stalks) at $5 HKD
- Clears away heatiness in the body, lungs and stomach
- Helps in cooling the blood and internal organs
- Aids in urination