Wednesday, November 2, 2011
BUNGA TELANG (WHITE VARIETY)
The Bunga Telang or Blue Pea Vine is a natural colouring used to give colour to rice and kuih. One needs to sun dry the blue coloured petals of the flower before boiling them in water to cook a pot of rice which is known as Nasi Kerabu. The rice would naturally turn blue.
The Bunga Telang is also referred to as Clitoria flower as it resembles the female genitals. Recently, while I was talking a walk in my housing area in Ipoh, I spotted some white coloured clitoria. This got me excited and I went to talk a closer look at the flowers. Since they are white in colour, the flowers would be of no use as a colouring agent. Still, it drew my interest.
HERE IS SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE WHITE VARIETY OF CLITORIA:
Botanical name : Clitoria ternatea Linn (White variety)
Family : Fabaceae
PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : White Clitoria flower
In traditional medicine, the clitoria flower is used to treat migraine, skin diseases, bronchitis, asthma, tuberculosis, ascites, ulcers and fever, jaundice and skin diseases. The seeds are used in abdominal cramps.
Useful part : Root, leaves, seeds