Betel Leaf, Wild Betel, La lot Pepper

(Lycopersicon esculentum )

A popular crimson red medium tomato with great taste that tolerates low night temperatures, so it is ideal for cooler area. A Russian heirloom that is an early producer. A tough and vigorous producer that needs staking.

An attractive cultivar medium sized, scarlet red fruit that is full of flavour. Tolerant of cool night temperatures and ideal for cool climate gardens

Flavours/Food Partners

A rich flavored tomato that partners well with Latin herbs like garlic, oregano, marjoram, rosemary and thyme. Use with any good salad vegetable, Nasturtium flowers and mixed fresh herbs to make an attractive and tasty salad.


Like all tomatoes, Red Russian is high in the cancer fighting agent, Lycopene and also Vitamin C. For a classic rich sauce cook and mix with garlic, marjoram, sweet basil, diced shallots, and fresh pizza thyme. Finely dice, mix finely chopped shallots, fresh pesto basil and extra virgin olive oil and place on lightly toasted Turkish bread then top with an anchovie for a special homemade bruschetta.


Plant in an airy, sunny position in well drained soil or very large pots. Requires a 1.1 to 1.4 m stake.


Like all tomatoes it must receive a deep soaking when almost dry and should not receive overhead watering. Feed regularly with Seasol and Powerfeed. A small amount of dolomite lime after planting will make stronger plants. Remove side shoots and develop two or three main leaders. Harvest when fruit is full color

Herb Attributes

Position Full Sun
Height 1.2m
Width 50cm
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(Piper sarmentosum)

There are many herbs in The Renaissance range. Some are essential to any good kitchen, others are a bit exotic and some are special and make up our Premium Collection. Betel Leaf is an Asian herb that will give your cooking a lift into the exotic. It is often confused with Betel Pepper

Food Style and Partners

A popular herb in south east Asian dishes where it is widely used in salads and stirfries. In Thailand it is used in one of their popular curries but is major application is to wrap meats and vegetables. The pepper glands on the leaf add a piquant taste to the meat. It works best with the more delicate meats like chicken and seafood.


An easy to use herb which can be used like any other leafy vegetable. Can be used as a garnish or under rice etc. Reported to have medicinal benefits when used as a tea or chewed to help to relieve colds and diseases of the respiratory tract. Fruit is also supposed to be beneficial for inflammation.


This is a medium shrub with an upright habit and creeping rhizomes. It has large heart-shaped leaves with pungent oil glands on the upper side. Prefers rich opens soils in a warm position with filtered light.


Pick leaves as needed and give regular applications of Seasol and Powerfeed to keep the plant healthy and producing well.

Herb Attributes

Height 70CM
Width 40CM