Happiness with Por Peang Life #1


Notes on Video: Thai Language Only, From Moo Baan Jumrung in Rayong province

In the village of Jumrung in Rayong province, the children are following the same principles of backyard vegetable gardening that has been practice for generations. Whenever the children want to eat any of the fruits, vegetables, leaves or flowers that are grown surrounding their homes, they can pick them whenever they want. Some of the edible plants grown on their own and some are grown intentionally. Furthermore, the children know the uses parts of the different plants that are grown.

Rice is the staple of the Thai diet and the fruits and vegetables in the backyard garden provide the necessary vitamins and minerals for strong and healthy bodies. This ensures that the people of the household have good food to eat, even in the leanest of times. Not only does the edible plants cultivated by the families provide for the basis of a good diet, any surplus can be sold for extra income for the household.

Flower Tempura in Nakhon Pathom

While browsing information about Thailand and flowers, I came across this interesting story on the ThingsAsian website describing a restaurant in Nakhon Pathom which serves dishes made with flowers. The restaurant makes sure that the flowers are grown chemical free so that the dishes are safe to eat. Their signature dish is flower tempura served with sweet chili sauce. They also have an orchid salad served with a sugar and vinegar dressing.

I think that this restaurant is experimenting with a unique ingredient. It’s an interesting idea to eat flowers but most of us would not even consider them as a food. However, I wouldn’t advise eating any flower that you could buy in a typical market since they are most likely loaded with pesticides and chemical fertilizers.

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