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#1 User is offline   Opus 

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 12:16 PM

Please note. I am no salesman of Gotu Kola extract of some sort.
This is just a usual discussion of this particular plant. I just searched the Internet and surprisingly
found that there're many Gotu Kola extracts in the market. :huh:/> :o/>


Could you gentlemen possibly be kind to tell me whether you eat this plant in Singapore?
We eat its fresh leaves with some kinds of Thai food and chilli pastes. It's delicious.
Moreover, we also chop its leaves mixed with water in blender and
then we add its greenish solution with sugar syrub + ice and drink as healthy refreshment.

Please share me your comments, thanks in advance for your kindness.

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 02:02 PM

yes,you are right there are many places in the world where it is eaten in different forms.Most of natural treatment based site prefer Gotu Kola for many human diseases.Gotu Kola is a minor feature in the longevity myth of the Tai Chi Chuan master Li Ching-Yun. He purportedly lived to be 256, due in part to his usage of traditional Chinese herbs including Gotu Kola.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 02:10 PM

I know that the Malays eat gotu kola as a raw salad though. I have seen them growing wild where I live.


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Posted 21 April 2008 - 02:15 PM

Jolantru, u stay in singapore? :lol:/>
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 02:16 PM

View Postprana, on Apr 21 2008, 02:15 PM, said:

Jolantru, u stay in singapore? :lol:/>


Yep. :)/>


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Posted 21 April 2008 - 02:34 PM

mind if i ask which part of Sg did u see the gotu-kola growing 'wild'?
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 02:35 PM

View Postprana, on Apr 21 2008, 02:34 PM, said:

mind if i ask which part of Sg did u see the gotu-kola growing 'wild'?


Tampines St 45.
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 02:41 PM

oh ok thanks so much...not very near to me....hehehe

i thought of seeing them for myself and probably get some seeds. The ones they have in ethnic markets such Geylang wet market, are not very enticing to consume as salad. They dont last long once uprooted.
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Posted 21 April 2008 - 02:45 PM

View Postprana, on Apr 21 2008, 02:41 PM, said:

oh ok thanks so much...not very near to me....hehehe

i thought of seeing them for myself and probably get some seeds. The ones they have in ethnic markets such Geylang wet market, are not very enticing to consume as salad. They dont last long once uprooted.


Yeah, they are quite delicate and quick to lost water condition (very droopy) when they are plucked. They tend to grow by sending out runners though.

I have seen Malay aunties harvesting them on grass patches. Tried one myself: tasted like parsley. :P/>


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Posted 10 June 2008 - 05:05 PM

View Postjolantru, on Apr 21 2008, 02:45 PM, said:

Yeah, they are quite delicate and quick to lost water condition (very droopy) when they are plucked. They tend to grow by sending out runners though.

I have seen Malay aunties harvesting them on grass patches. Tried one myself: tasted like parsley. :P/>


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I read an articles that it actually help Lung Fibrosis, so if anyone of you got info to share. Most welcome1

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Posted 10 June 2008 - 09:28 PM

View PostOpus, on Dec 21 2007, 12:16 PM, said:

Please note. I am no salesman of Gotu Kola extract of some sort.
This is just a usual discussion of this particular plant. I just searched the Internet and surprisingly
found that there're many Gotu Kola extracts in the market. :huh:/> :o/>


Could you gentlemen possibly be kind to tell me whether you eat this plant in Singapore?
We eat its fresh leaves with some kinds of Thai food and chilli pastes. It's delicious.
Moreover, we also chop its leaves mixed with water in blender and
then we add its greenish solution with sugar syrub + ice and drink as healthy refreshment.

Please share me your comments, thanks in advance for your kindness.

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Hmmm...this looks like something growing wild in one of my flower pots!:)/>

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 03:24 PM

View PostHerb Lover, on Jun 10 2008, 09:28 PM, said:

Hmmm...this looks like something growing wild in one of my flower pots!:)/>

HL


Confirmed with my dad. I do indeed have this plant growing like weed inside one of my pots! Not that I know what to do with it.:P/>

Cheers!

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 03:43 PM

Is it the same type as we grow them in planted tanks?
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Posted 11 June 2008 - 05:30 PM

View PostKingfisher, on Jun 11 2008, 03:43 PM, said:

Is it the same type as we grow them in planted tanks?


Don't think so leh....those are fully submerged ones right? Are you referring to Hydrocotyle verticillata (Marsh Pennywort)?

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 08:58 PM

gotu kola is regarded as brain food as it has memory enhancing properties. you can munch a couple of leaves a day - straight off the plant. needless to say, i havent been taking it lately.

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 10:07 PM

View Postshamrock, on Jun 11 2008, 08:58 PM, said:

gotu kola is regarded as brain food as it has memory enhancing properties. you can munch a couple of leaves a day - straight off the plant. needless to say, i havent been taking it lately.


Wah...now then say...too late for me liaoz.... :P/>

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Posted 12 June 2008 - 08:25 AM

View PostHerb Lover, on Jun 11 2008, 10:07 PM, said:

Wah...now then say...too late for me liaoz.... :P/>

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never too late as long as one has a brain mar ... :D/>
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Posted 12 June 2008 - 08:53 AM

View Postshamrock, on Jun 12 2008, 08:25 AM, said:

never too late as long as one has a brain mar ... :D/>


My brain cells not enough to go around liaoz...:P/>
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Posted 17 June 2008 - 11:03 AM

View Postshamrock, on Jun 11 2008, 08:58 PM, said:

gotu kola is regarded as brain food as it has memory enhancing properties. you can munch a couple of leaves a day - straight off the plant. needless to say, i havent been taking it lately.


Interesting! I just planted some in my backyard after reading all the interesting facts about this herb. Will try to munch 2/3 leaves a day & see if that ready increased my brain capacity & keep me youthful! :P/>
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