Wild Edible Flower Sambal

Wild Edible Flower Sambal Recipe

Wild edible flower sambal recipes are uncommon.  But you can find some recipes in Indonesia. The most popular is sambal from Kecombrang (Etlingera elatior) and Honje (Etlingera hemisphaerica).  In this article, I will introduce the new recipe.  How to make spicy sambal without any chilli pepper. The recipe is using other wild edible flowers.  The name is Jotang (Spilanthes acmella var. paniculata).  

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Natural Anesthetic Plant

Natural Anesthetic Plant – Jotang (Spilanthes acmella var. paniculata)

As a natural anesthetic plant, nowadays Jotang (Spilanthes acmella var. paniculata) is currently common as a weed in gardens or rice fields. Grows shrubs in humid and wet areas. On the edge of ditches, gardens, and rice fields. Its species has a wide distribution range. We can found them from the lowlands to the highlands.

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Indonesian forgotten vegetable plant

Indonesian Forgotten Vegetable Plant – Pinten (Dicliptera chinensis)

Pinten ( Dicliptera chinensis ) is the Indonesian forgotten vegetable plant. There are many native vegetable plants in Indonesia. But, many of them, nowadays is forgotten as vegetables. It seems that there are missing links among generations to maintain the information. Another factor could be the limited study of these plants.

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wild medicinal plant

Wild medicinal plant – Seuseureuhan (Piper aduncum)

The wild medicinal plant is one of the gifts for Indonesia.  The huge rainforest is the best home for many medicinal plants species.  it has been a long time since Indonesia was famous as the land of diversity for plants and animals.  medicinal plants are also abundant in Indonesia.  But, there are many underutilized. Unfortunately, deforestation is a serious issue related to diversity.

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forgotten vegetable and medicinal plant

Forgotten Vegetable and Medicinal Plant – Kemarungan (Coccinia grandis)

Forgotten vegetable and medicinal plant are an interesting topic. Kemarungan (Coccinia grandis) are popular among the Indonesian X-generation childhood.  During the 80s-90s, this plant was still often found growing wild in gardens or on land boundary fields. Children at that time called the fruit of this plant, as snake food.  But nowadays, Kemarungan is difficult to find. This species may also put in the list of marginal vegetables in Indonesia.

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Kadsura scandens - Wild Edible Liana Fruits

Wild Edible Liana Fruits – Kadsura scandens

There are many wild edible liana fruits in the tropical region.  When you are in the Indonesian rain forest if you are lucky you will see one of the wild edible Liana fruit.  The fruit’s appearance is unique.  At first glance, it may look like a sugar apple.  When it is young, the fruit color is light green. But, when they are ripe enough, their color is turning to yellowish-orange.

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