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Re: What plant is this?

Postby StroppyChops » Sun Jun 08, 2014 12:45 pm

Bitte_Kein_Lexus wrote:Yeah it's s'daw (maybe the official name is pkah sdaw), apparently it does have cooling properties. I don't think the root is eaten though.
[Edit]Pretty hard to find now. Just asked some sellers and they say it's mostly sold from March to April. Harder to find out of season.
No, eat the leaves and flowers - I don't know anything about eating the root so I wouldn't encourage that unless you find someone with more experience than I. I've never been able to buy it in the city (regardless of time of year) but we've found one seller at Central market. I think it's considered too yokel for the city locals, but common in the provinces.
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Re: What plant is this?

Postby Username Taken » Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:14 pm

Phka sdov - Melia Azedarach.

It is not a small shrub. It is a big tree.
StroppyGuy wrote: . . . but this is a small low growing bush (you can see the root stems)
That's not root stems. That is wood/stems.

Mrs. UT says you can buy in any market in PP at anytime of year. Is very common. Maybe, you need to go to a Khmer local market. It's there. Mrs. UT says it grows a lot in Battambang.


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Re: What plant is this?

Postby StroppyChops » Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:24 pm

Username Taken wrote:Phka sdov - Melia Azedarach.

It is not a small shrub. It is a big tree.
StroppyGuy wrote: . . . but this is a small low growing bush (you can see the root stems)
That's not root stems. That is wood/stems.

Mrs. UT says you can buy in any market in PP at anytime of year. Is very common. Maybe, you need to go to a Khmer local market. It's there. Mrs. UT says it grows a lot in Battambang.

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Oh, okay, so maybe it is the Indian neem tree. We shop for fruit and vegetables almost exclusively in Khmer markets and when we ask for it the answer is almost universal - 'not have'.
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Re: What plant is this?

Postby taabarang » Sun Jun 08, 2014 4:47 pm

Sdov and neem are one and the same. My father-in-law took it pre Pol Pot period to cure malaria.
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Re: What plant is this?

Postby StroppyChops » Sun Jun 08, 2014 4:52 pm

taabarang wrote:Sdov and neem are one and the same. My father-in-law took it pre Pol Pot period to cure malaria.
I'm told it assists AND prevents pregnancy, and even raises the dead.
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Re: What plant is this?

Postby taabarang » Sun Jun 08, 2014 5:03 pm

Don't know about those claims Stroppy, but father-in-law is still alive.
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Re: What plant is this?

Postby taabarang » Sun Jun 08, 2014 5:05 pm

Don't know about those claims Stroppy, but father-in-law is still alive. As an update my wife claims locals keep it near chicken coops to keep lice away.
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Re: What plant is this?

Postby StroppyChops » Sun Jun 08, 2014 5:18 pm

taabarang wrote:Don't know about those claims Stroppy, but father-in-law is still alive.
In all seriousness this is good to hear - I've been wondering about any side effects of long term use. Known to be good for diabetes and psoriasis.
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Re: What plant is this?

Postby Joon » Sun Jun 08, 2014 8:10 pm

As far as I know, Cambodians like to eat the boiled/steamed leaves with steamed prahok.

Cool to know about its therapeutic properties!

By the way, if you're interested in Cambodia's fruits, plants and flowers, there is a book called Cambodian Medicinal Plants, published by the Ministry of Health, iirc. It lists down pretty much all flowers, fruits, vegetables, roots that can be found in Cambodia and it gives for each information on physical characteristics, habitat, parts used, chemical constituents and their medicinal use and mode of administration.

I remember my former boss bought it at International Book Center but it was years ago.
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Re: What plant is this?

Postby StroppyChops » Sun Jun 08, 2014 8:46 pm

Sounds like a good book - any poster have a copy of this?
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