Sunday, August 8, 2010

Nature's garden

I wandered into a fruit farm in Desaru (Malaysia) and saw fascinating plants like...

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Cat's whiskers - This has medicinal value but I've totally forgotten what the guide said.

Cultivated mushrooms - these are grown in sawdust mixed with slate lime and kept in a shade house for two months and the mushrooms bloom in two week cycle until the sawdust mixture has decayed. The mushrooms look like Shitake mushrooms and tasted good fried in batter.

Roselle plant - this has medicinal value and the drink I had extracted from the red roselle was sweet and refreshing.

Hanging bananas -this phallic looking thing is purely decorative as this species of banana isn't eaten. The locals will start wishing from top to tip - it is another version of a wishing well.

Trellis of gourds - Interesting trellis, and not only gourds are grown like that but also passionfruit.

In short, look into nature's garden and you'll find a treasure trove of health benefits in plants.


  1. Good Evening Irene Sweetie...
    Oh my goodness I so adore this post. I love seeing this part of the country that I have never seen before. You open my eyes to so much beauty there.

    I love the cat whiskers. I have never seen that before. The trellis of gourds is so beautiful. I am sure that makes people stop and take a look. I wouldn't want one to fall on my head though.

    Thank you for sharing sweet friend. I have so enjoyed my tour this evening.

    Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  2. Thanks for your sweet encouraging words Sherry. Much appreciated. I gotta blog to share across oceans.

  3. That's a lot of bananas, imagine if these are edible!

  4. Actually I didn't know there're purely decorative bananas. Pontianak likes banana trees, is that the myth?


Great to see you ~Irene