Good morning …
Yup, talking about herb gardening again 😛
I’ll be seeing my ol’ friend, Azie this weekend. She’ll be bringing me some herb plant for me to plant at home. They’re the bunga kantan, ulam raja, sambung nyawa, and pepper.
Bunga kantan is also known as Torch Ginger Flower. I LOVE it when added to Masak Assam Pedas. Yummy! I never saw the plant. I found an image from The Kantan Story here.
This is a picture of the flower.
Ulam Raja is consumed to improve blood circulation and is said to help strengthen bones. Normally, the leaves are eaten as ulam/salad.
Azie's Ulam Raja Plant
Sambung Nyawa is known to help reduce cholesterol level and high blood pressure. It’s also said to help those with diabetes and constipation. The leaves can be eaten as ulam or drink as tea.
Azie's Sambung Nyawa Plant
Pepper can be made into 2 types; as black pepper and white pepper. To get black pepper, when the peppercorns are yellowish, pick and sun dry them. To get white pepper, wait till the peppercorns are ripe (reddish), then pick them. Soak them in water till their outer skin comes off. Wash clean then sun dry them well. Now, you have white pepper.
Azie's Pepper Plant
As promised, I’ve taken shots of the herb plants that I planted last weekend. Check them out below.
4. Sweet Basil
I found this plant. My home helper forgotten all about this plant. This is the temu lawak plant. I see this plant on a skincare product from Indonesia.
You can see that one of the leaves has been picked on. We were trying to figure out what it was by sniffing on the bits of leaves 😛
I do not know for sure what temu lawak is for or what is it’s medicinal properties. So, I googled for temu lawak … found one explanation on Indonesia Wikipedia.
I’ve an old friend loves gardening and she has her own little vegetable patch.
Today, she sent me this picture of her cauliflower in her backyard.
Got me excited when I saw this picture 🙂 I think my next veg to plant is cauliflower … hehehe
I’ve been thinking of having my own herb garden for quite some time. So last weekend, I went to the local farmer’s market and bought some herb plants, fertilizers and organic compost.
Herbs that I bought and planted in my backyard …
- Sweet basil
I’ll upload photos of the herbs later once I manage to snap some 😛