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Thursday, May 22, 2014

EDIBLE WEED : PART 5

KROKOT


This is  an old fashion weed on my garden.
Here, Krokot (Portulaca oleraceae) is also called gelang biasa.
 


Krokot is an annual plant that can grow to a height of 50 cm.  
This plant is commonly used as a feed crop for livestock.  
The stem is purplish red, plump shape and thickness.  
The leaves are also thick and fleshy, and sulfur yellow flowers.


Krokot serve as the WHO list of priority medicinal plants in the world, and 23 countries have been using this plant.  
In Javanese traditional medicine, the plant is often used to cure dysentery, strengthen the heart, is a sedative, laxative urine, and as a tonic.


Although this plant is commonly considered a weed, this plant is also eaten as a leavy vegetable.  
This plant has a sour and salty taste.
Krokot can be cooked as cakes, soup, and stir-fry.


Krokot can be used as an insecticide, because it contains tannins, phosphates, contain large amounts of magnesium, iron, aluminum, manganese, calcium, potassium, sodium, and urea.
It's a nice plant..., isn't it?

14 comments:

  1. I think I have seen that one but can't remember what it is called here.

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    1. I have ever read that this plant is also as edible in America, usually eaten raw in salad.

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  2. This is grown as an annual flower here in a range of colours. I couldn't imagine eating the fleshy leaves.

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    1. Oh I see, they are ornamental Portulaca or big flowering portulaca. I have ever collected any colors, but they have never love our rainy season, too much rain make the plants were rotten.

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  3. At my placed, common called as 'pokok milang'. Served it as a salad but not eaten raw. Usually they will boiled the whole leave and stems for a while then served it with sambal belacan. The taste is a little bit sour. Endah, did you ever seen the beach portulaca?

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    1. Yes, here the whole plant without its root usually steamed or boiled for a while then served with sambal kelapa (grated coconut). I have ever seen the beach portulaca, but only on pictures, I haven't ever seen the real plant yet. The leaf is wider and green- grey

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  4. O valor das coisas não está no tempo que elas duram, mas na intensidade com que acontecem.
    Por isso existem momentos inesquecíveis, coisas inexplicáveis e pessoas incomparáveis.(Fernando Sabino)
    Um lindo e abençoado final de semana!!!
    Abraços Marie.

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    1. Love that great words. I agree about that.
      Thank you for stopping by.
      Have a wonderful week.

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  5. Eu não conhecia essa planta
    aqui no Brasil pode ter mais com outro nome.
    Beijos feliz final de semana.

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    1. I think you can find this plant there. Your climate is almost similar to mine. Maybe you can find it on the farmland or on the country road side. Thank you for visiting and following.
      Have a wonderful week.

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  6. A very interesting plant.
    Greetings.

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  7. Rumahku ditingkat tiga juga disinggahi benih ini... tak pernah memasaknya.. dipanggil gelenggang pasir

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    1. Mungkin benihnya diterbangkan angin atau ikut dalam media tanah. Namanya pun mirip ya...

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