Something great…

The oregano that I got from my friend/ex-students’ mum/mum-in-law grew really well and was so very productive so I shared a photo on Facebook and asked if anybody would be interested. A friend said that she did not mind some so I repotted a few and sent them over to her house along with a little pot of dill – my dill is flourishing too. She had not got home from work so I passed them to her hubby.

A few days later, when we were in church that night, she passed me this…

Kelulut honey

the kelulut honey from those stingless bees that was the craze at one time – a lot of people were rearing them. It seems that she is keeping those bees as well so she has her own supply of the coveted stuff that is claimed to be even better than the celebrated New Zealand’s manuka honey which does not come cheap…and neither is this kelulut honey – somebody in Singapore said that he bought a 500 ml bottle for SGD50.00! I guess that is why there are people producing it commercially and marketing it now.

I did try a bit – it has its own taste that is not quite like our regular honey and yes, I did like it very much…and I saw in some websites that it has a lot of health benefits, thank you so much to my friend for that big bottle of the coveted stuff – I am sure that would cost a bundle.

In the meantime, one of the seedlings that my neighbour gave me had flowered…

Butterfly pea flower, 1st to bloom 1

the butterfly pea flower (the clitoria ternatea) and of course, that got me real excited and happy…

Butterfly pea flower 1st to bloom 2

It appeared that mine is a single-petal variety and there is also the double-petal one but they say they are the same as far as the health benefits go.

No, I did not pluck it…

Butterfly pea flower 1st to bloom 3

…to make tea right away. I guess I can wait till the plants have grown really big and are flowering in abundance. I noticed that the flower would have withered by the next day but to my delight, another one…

Butterfly pea flower 2nd to bloom

…bloomed.

At the time of writing, another one of the seedlings has flowered as well, just one – the third bloom so far. Fingers crossed, I will be seeing more and more over the next few days…and I can start brewing the tea to drink, great stuff – this flower and also the honey!

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

7 thoughts on “Something great…”

  1. Ooo, you could also use the butterfly pea flower to dye your rice – it would make for a striking plate of steamed rice!

    Yes, as in nasi kerabu. I’ve seen it done for nasi lemak too – that used to be green. Maybe pandan is not as abundant, not as easy to get.

  2. Once it starts flowering, in no time you will see a lot appearing and you will have a great time plucking them.

    Then you will see me sitting at the tamu selling them. LOL!!!

  3. your friend is so skillful to keep bees and harvest the honey. You have developed green fingers now since your herbs and the peas flower plant are flourishing. May it grow more flowers for you to make lots of tea.

    Yes, there are so many websites online that will tell you of all the benefits of kelulut honey and butterfly pea flower.

  4. Nice flower! Now it’s time to rear some bees yourself to produce honey from those flowers. haha

    I heard one can get the bees, hive and all from a source in Sarikei to rear the bees for the honey…and if for some reason, all the bees fly away, they will give you a new set. I am not all that keen, I’m afraid…as I am not fond of bees, never mind that these are stingless ones.

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