|Japanese||オゾン草, Ozon kusa|
|Height||50cm; outer leaves appr. 15m|
|Price||1 billion yen per leaf|
|Manga Debut||Chapter 106|
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The Ozone Herb, also known as the "Ether Herb" is a plant that blossoms in the aether. It is said that one bite can make one feel as though they have risen to heaven. It is found on "Vegetable Sky" and it is nicknamed the "King of Vegetables."
The Ozone Herb is a large, thick, leaf shaped herb wrapped up in numerous leaves that absorb the harmful radiation from sunlight and other pollutants, giving the outer leaves a very bitter smell. To peel the Ozone Herb, two leaves must be unwrapped simultaneously; otherwise the entire plant will rot (or turn into a seed in the anime), a task so difficult even a Nitro is incapable of performing it alone. The process for selecting leaves is to begin pulling from the strongest smelling leaves to the ones with the weakest scent. To eat the Ozone Herb itself, it must also be bitten in two different places simultaneously, or else it will rot. Because of this, capturing the Ozone Herb tends to be used for training to enforce teamwork between the Bishokuya and Chef in a Combo. In the anime it is shown that cutting the Ozone Herb also requires it to be cut in two places at once. Because of the difficulty in unwrapping, eating, as well as the danger in going to the "Vegetable Sky" and back, the Ozone Herb has a Capture Level of 68. Luckily though, despite the difficulty reaching one they are very common which ensures that multiple attempts can be made to eat the center.
Taste and Texture
The Ozone Herb has strong texture and is elastic such that lightly biting it will cause the eater's teeth to bounce back. The fibers of the plant are packed extremely tightly together and send vibrations through the jaw when bitten apart. In terms of taste, the Ozone herb is described as being transcendentally delicious with a exhilarating and refreshing savoriness mixed with an almost addictive leafy bittnerness that spreads out with each bite. The outer leaves are also used to make "Ozone Tea," an extremely bitter tea that is considered a delicacy although it requires some time to get used to.
The Ozone Herb is originally selected as the Salad Dish in Toriko's Full Course Meal, but he decides against it, seeing that the Ozone Herb responds very well to Komatsu, but not very well to him. Instead, Toriko decides that the rest of the ingredients in his Full Course Meal should respond equally well to Komatsu and himself.
Anime and Manga Differences
In the manga, the Ozone Herb rots away when it is incorrectly peeled or eaten. However in the anime, it is shown that once its body rots away all that is left is one large seed.