Wednesday, June 13, 2007

My SunShines

Besides lAdY fInGer, I tried planted sunflowers and it turned out to be a success. According to my supplier the seeds are from Indonesia. After planted severals, only 10 make it to the world.

The flowers lasted for several weeks and few customers had made bookings. I might turn this hobby of mine into a business venture someday.... Who knows, maybe sunflower oil and "Kuaci"thereafter will be produced from the seeds that i supplied.
This is another type of flower for me..It is not yellow in colour but indeed provides a lot of colours in my life.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Harvesting my Life with a lady Finger

I luv gardening especially vegetables and exotic plants. One of my favourite vegi ( actually cos it is soo easy to grow ) is lady finger or okra ( my 10 yrs old kid corrected my spelling, which i thought was ocra ). To really enjoy its taste, just steamed or boiled it and dipped into a delicious home made sAmBal BeLacaN. Otherwise, just throw it inside Fish Head curry or fry it with dried prawn and chillies.

Just like orchids or bourgounvilla, lady finger also comes with varieties of sizes, colour, texture and origin e.g. Taiwan, Korea...

Some are dark green while others are light . Some are small while others are really long and big. I've seen and planted an okra of about 9 inches long.

According to Wikipedia, the scientific name for Okra is Abelmoschus esculentus, commonly known as okra or lady's finger, is a flowering plant valued for its edible green fruits. The name okra is of West African origin and is cognate with "ókùrù" in Igbo, a language spoken in what is now known as Nigeria. Wow !, these lady finger of mine has actually travelled all the way from africa. Long live 'Africa", actually what i meant was a favourite song of mine from group named "ToTo".

It is called 'bendi" in Malay, "Bhindi" in Hindi, "Bamiyah" in Arabic , "Okura" in Japanese and "vendaikaai " in Tamil.
The species is an annual or perennial, growing to 2 m tall. The leaves are 10–20 cm long and broad, palmately lobed with 5–7 lobes. The flowers are 4–8 cm diameter, with five white to yellow petals, often with a red or purple spot at the base of each petal. The fruit is a capsule, 5–20 cm long, containing numerous seeds. It was introduced to the United States via the African slave trade route, and is an annual crop in the southern states.