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Having Coffee at Cambodia-Laos Border

1Steung Traeng [31]

2Steung Traeng [32]

3Steung Traeng [106]

4Steung Traeng [33]

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Pumpkin Flower

Pumpkin Flower 1

Pumpkin Flowers have a lovely sweet mild pumpkin flavour.   Pick them early in the morning when they are in full bloom.  Pick the male flowers, the female flowers have a tiny pumpkin at the base.  Leave the female to grow into a  pumpkin.

Pumpkin Flower 2

Pumpkin flowers are also delicious to cook. However, I have never eaten them but I know they are edible.

Pumpkin Flower 3

This vegetable, pumpkin boasts more than good looks. It’s also full of nutrition, dishing up vitamin C, beta-carotene, fiber, and potassium. One half cup of cooked pumpkin provides a day’s supply of vitamin A.

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Mencepu, Cerapu, Kecupu [Garcinia Praniana]

Mencepu Garcinia Prainiana [1]

Mencepu, Cerapu, Kecupu [Garcinia praniana] is small tropical fruit tree with glossy leaves and very fragrant reddish-pink flowers. Easily found in deep within the verdant rainforests of South Thailand, Malaysia and Borneo. Menchepu (Garcinia prainiana) plants begin a most ancient of rituals. Menchepu is little known by the present generation may be due to the sour taste of the fruit is causing isolated from other local tropical fruits.

Mencepu Garcinia Prainiana [2]

The fruit is round in shape like a tomato and size also vary according to the fertility of the plant. Normal size of this fruit as the same size of tomato; when its ripe the size is between 30mm – 50mm only.

The ripe fruit is orange in colour, while young fruit is green colour. Its skin is very thin, soft, and stick with its contents. Its contents always in orange colour and rubbery flesh. The skin can be peeled by hand and its contents have small flats like mangosteen. This fruit has seeds about (5mm-8mm). The fruit is somewhat sour and chelate in flavour.

Mencepu Garcinia Prainiana [3]

Amidst the dense foliage, small red flowers emerge like jewels from the deep green branch tips, effusing their sweet aroma in hopes of seducing tiny insects. Beneath the tropical sun, the insects flitter playfully among the male and female blooms, unwittingly pollinating their thankful hosts. Brilliant orange fruits have very pleasant taste, with unusual sweet-sour flavoured pulp. The trees are very slow growing but long-lived and can fruit when only a few feet tall, 5-10m, crown narrow, dense, bushy.

The fruit is a little gummy and sour tastes, a lot of people do not eat directly instead use them in cooking.

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Anona

AnonaAnona or Annona squamosa a small well-branched tree or shrub that bears edible fruits called sugar-apples.

There are several types of Annonas that grow around the world in tropical and  subtropical regions.  There are two types:

  • the atemoya,which is a cross between the trees Annona squamosa and Annona cheimoya;
  • the sugar apple or sweetsop, Annona squamosa.

Both of these trees produce delicious, delicately flavoured fruits.

The sugar apple is an exquisite fruit that is very closely related to the cherimoya. The fruit are typically baseball to softball size, and they taste like sugary sweet custard. The pulp comes apart in segments each containing a small black seed that separates easily from the fruit. The trees begin to fruit at just one to two years of age, and they can easily be maintained at eight to ten feet.

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Morning at Steung Traeng

Steung Traeng Morning Market [19]

Steung Traeng Morning Market [20]

Steung Traeng Morning Market [21]

Steung Traeng Morning Market [22]

Steung Traeng Morning Market [23]

Steung Traeng Morning Market [24]

Steung Traeng Morning Market [25]

Steung Traeng Morning Market [26]

Steung Traeng Morning Market [27]

Steung Traeng Morning Market [28]

Steung Traeng Morning Market [29]

Steung Traeng Morning Market [30]

Steung Traeng Morning Market [31]Krolan is a sticky rice mixed with coconut and beans and cooked in bamboo tubes. Krolan is cooked with a little portion of salt and usually sweet, and can keep for up to three days.  This krolan helps me from starving when I lost in jungle in Mondulkiri in my next travel.  I will tell you later

Steung Traeng seems to be a small town with a big market and lovely riverfront.  The town market serves the need for whole province.

The morning part of the market is open air and sells fresh produce including fish, vegetables, spices etc

Clothes, gold, mobile phones, shoes, pots, kitchen utensils, ice etc also sold there.

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Roselle

RoselleRoselle, the plant bears a berry-like fruit which is rich in vitamin C and anthocyanins (potent antioxidants).

Hibiscus sabdariffa is an erect shrub with smooth red, cylindrical stems and green maple-shaped leaves.  It can grow to a height of about two metres.

The flowers have a blood red centre.  They do not last long, opening light yellow in the morning and turning a gorgeous pink as they wither off by mid-day.  The fruit is a fleshy, juicy, dark red calyx consisting of five large sepals enclosing a green seed capsule.  Each capsule contains three to four brown kidney-shaped seeds.  The capsule turns from green to brown and splits open when mature.

The cultivar, H. sabdariffa var. sabdariffa race ruber, is grown for the calyxes we use in making roselle drinks.  Another cultivar H. sabdariffa var. altisimer is grown commercially for the production of jute-fibre in India.

Despite its short life (about a year or less) as an annual, it is very productive.  A healthy plant can easily produce about 250 calyxes per annum.  If you have five to seven mature plants, you can harvest the fruit every fortnightly and have enough to give neighbours and friends.

Young shoots and leaves can be eaten raw or cooked.  In any case roselle is already known as a health drink due to its high contents of vitamin C and anthocyanins (antioxidants).  Vitamin C and anthocyanins found in roselle juice or tea drink are good for our health and can increase the level of resistance of our body to diseases.  In some countries roselle is becoming increasingly popular for health purposes, for example its leaves and fruits are claimed to be effective in controlling high blood pressure.

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