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How To Use Pereskia Bleo - need advice

#1 User is offline   shamrock 

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 02:46 PM

anyone knows how i can use pereskio bleo leaves? i took a cutting today and stripped off about 50 leaves. any advice?

here is its flower:
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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v496/shamrockv/shamrockv3/IMG_3884.jpg

This post has been edited by shamrock: 28 February 2009 - 03:02 PM

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 03:55 PM

u can eat them raw like salad. but not too much a day...3-5 pcs a day.

if not..u can boil them into tea, and let whole family drink.

but pregnant lady canot consume that.
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Posted 28 February 2009 - 08:55 PM

hi

just to add on to what Guanster said, not only the leaves, but flowers and fruits are also eaten raw. the leaves are, as i heard from some people, distasteful as it is a little gummy when eaten raw.
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Posted 28 February 2009 - 10:15 PM

i was told to take 7 leaves, boil with 1 bowl water till it reduces to 1 cup. then drink it hot or warm. it tastes a little like green tea. good for hypertension, i was told. my sis-in-law's mum took it faithfully for 1 month, just before her check up. heard her blood pressure was lots lower than it used to be.
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Posted 28 February 2009 - 10:20 PM

thanks for all the advice and suggestions. since exotic n easy says its gummy and quite unpalatable, i'll boil it as guanster and pot2wok suggest. :)/>

looks as though i'll have to discard most of the leaves since i have so many.
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Posted 01 March 2009 - 03:53 PM

I actually stirfried the leaves once - mucilagious (sp), very gummy but okay, I think.


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Posted 01 March 2009 - 04:21 PM

 jolantru, on Mar 1 2009, 03:53 PM, said:

I actually stirfried the leaves once - mucilagious (sp), very gummy but okay, I think.

Jolantru


you mean it's ok to eat so much at once with no side effects? :)/>
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Posted 01 March 2009 - 04:51 PM

 shamrock, on Mar 1 2009, 04:21 PM, said:

you mean it's ok to eat so much at once with no side effects? :)/>


Hehe, I actually used about three leaves or so, together with another vegetable green. Haven't tried eating it in large quantities.

;)/>
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Posted 12 November 2009 - 02:45 PM

My storeman told me this has anti-cancer properties. anyone know about this or has anecdotal evidence? :)/>
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Posted 12 November 2009 - 09:09 PM

i have one right in front of my office. my office cleaner planted it. she picks the leaves and eats them raw. just a couple of leaves each time. she says it is good for hi blood pressure, hi cholesterol, .. some people must have been picking the leaves too coz some stalks are "botak" ..

when i came across this plant at a veg farm at sungei tengah, the sign says it is good for migraine

but personally, i have not tried it :hitmyself:/>
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Posted 12 November 2009 - 09:53 PM

If you like earth ginseng or ceylon spinach, you will like this plant. except for the spikey stem, its fruits and leaves are delicious. so far no side effect and this cacti is good as a fence warding those whom like to intrude. fast growth naturalised to tropical region. very nutritious and almost pest free. wonderful beautiful bloom about 2-3 inches across and do not need to fert often. a tropical grower's dream. further more, it doesn't even choosy about sunlight. abet it doesn't grow as prolific under shade. Wow another good award winning plants for beginner. just pock the cutting into the soil and voila, you have your own Pereskia Bleo. :)/>

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 09:57 PM

OOooohhh pray tell... where can I get a cutting? Help help! TIA!

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 10:00 PM

 scatterseed, on Nov 12 2009, 09:57 PM, said:

OOooohhh pray tell... where can I get a cutting? Help help! TIA!

SS



Hi SS,

quite prolific in SG, if you pass by TPY you can always ask a cutting from my neigbours. The auntie next door has this PB tree growing almost 2.5-3m tall matching my mulberry tree. I just got my own PS from her. its so prolific that she don't mind a cutting or 2 from the forummers. And yes its the same color as Shamrock's. it bloom everyday one loh, so once establish. its like earth ginseng, everyday flowers.
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Posted 12 November 2009 - 10:05 PM

 kelmund, on Nov 12 2009, 10:00 PM, said:

Hi SS,

quite prolific in SG, if you pass by TPY you can always ask a cutting from my neigbours. The auntie next door has this PB tree growing almost 2.5-3m tall matching my mulberry tree. I just got my own PS from her. its so prolific that she don't mind a cutting or 2 from the forummers. And yes its the same color as Shamrock's. it bloom everyday one loh, so once establish. its like earth ginseng, everyday flowers.

TPY = ? Tampines? OK. May have to call on this favour if I can't find one in the nurseries. Planning to visit a couple over the next few days. Thanks for the offer. W
Btw, what is the common name to call them in the nurseries? I think if I say Pereskia Bleo, will they know what I am referring to? Maybe they will, most probably they won't :P/>.

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 12:03 AM

Rose Cactus
This one can grow really huge. Whenever we hard prune ours, the discarded cuttings fill up the whole dustbin.
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Posted 13 November 2009 - 12:28 AM

 scatterseed, on Nov 12 2009, 09:57 PM, said:

OOooohhh pray tell... where can I get a cutting? Help help! TIA!

SS


I can get a cutting for you. The flowers are pretty but can be very prickly.
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Posted 13 November 2009 - 12:33 AM

 Wisteria, on Nov 13 2009, 12:03 AM, said:

Rose Cactus
This one can grow really huge. Whenever we hard prune ours, the discarded cuttings fill up the whole dustbin.



hmm, where can we get this plant from ? Do they sell it in nurseries ?
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Posted 13 November 2009 - 07:02 AM

 Dnn, on Nov 13 2009, 12:28 AM, said:

I can get a cutting for you. The flowers are pretty but can be very prickly.

Thanks... going WF today. See if they have. Will contact you if they don't carry it.

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 08:54 AM

 scatterseed, on Nov 13 2009, 07:02 AM, said:

Thanks... going WF today. See if they have. Will contact you if they don't carry it.

SS


har? SS, you didnt see my BIG Pereskia Bleo the other day? you were standing beside it!
do note they hv long sharp thorns ... totally not suitable for pple with kids ... young kids :P/>
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Posted 13 November 2009 - 10:49 AM

When I give away cuttings of various plants, Pereskia bleo always gets the poorest response. The thorns/spines are extremely sharp, worse than that of roses & some other cacti. Mine are huge monsters (4m tall & stretching >2m in each direction). During pruning sessions, I have to use a saw to cut away the 4cm thick stems. Each green dustbin load of discarded cuttings is about 10% of the total plant size. The cuttings I gave away were usually 1-2cm thick but the spines (although shorter) were still sharp. This cactus flowers easily, rain or shine.
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