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'Flying Swallow Semen' bewilders Vancouver chef

DH Vancouver Staff May 15, 2014 11:02 am

Are you confused? You’re not the only one.

Pino Posteraro, the chef of Yaletown’s Cioppino Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca, was shopping for groceries at Osaka in Richmond’s Yaohan shopping centre when he encountered an ingredient called ‘Flying Swallow Semen’.

But no, this ingredient isn’t what you think – don’t take the meaning of the name literally…

Swallow bird / Shutterstock
Image: Swallow bird via Shutterstock

This is actually dried jade fruit or better scientifically known as “semen (seed of) myristicae fragrantis” – a Chinese medicinal herb that is used to treat diarrhea, abdominal pain, flatulence, lack of appetite and vomiting.

At other stores, it’s known as nutmeg.

Nutmeg / Shutterstock
Image: Nutmeg via Shutterstock

Featured Image: Pino Posteraro via Shutterstock

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