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What plant is this?

Postby StroppyChops » Sat Jun 07, 2014 6:12 pm

Could somebody with a good knowledge of local plants (or partner with same) identify this plant please?
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Various sites (including the link site) list it as neem, but this is a small low growing bush (you can see the root stems) not the massive tree found predominantly in India.

The plant is incredibly bitter but has cooling properties for 24 to 36 hours (tested, confirmed). Hard to find in the city, common as muck in the provinces.
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Re: What plant is this?

Postby Jaap N. » Sat Jun 07, 2014 10:53 pm

This is a very unique and wonderful vegetable for Khmer people....especially with prahok or Khmer salad.....yummy!!!!!!!!
In Khmer:ផ្កា ស្ដៅ. In English it sounds like: pkah, sdav, I've been told.
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Re: What plant is this?

Postby StroppyChops » Sat Jun 07, 2014 10:56 pm

Jaap N. wrote:This is a very unique and wonderful vegetable for Khmer people....especially with prahok or Khmer salad.....yummy!!!!!!!!
In Khmer:ផ្កា ស្ដៅ. In English it sounds like: pkah, sdav, I've been told.
Thanks - yes, I've had it in Khmer salad.
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Re: What plant is this?

Postby Soi Dog » Sat Jun 07, 2014 11:01 pm

Yeah...but can you smoke it and get a buzzzzzz? 8)
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Re: What plant is this?

Postby Jaap N. » Sat Jun 07, 2014 11:04 pm

Soi Dog wrote:Yeah...but can you smoke it and get a buzzzzzz? 8)
Sure you can!
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Re: What plant is this?

Postby OrangeDragon » Sun Jun 08, 2014 1:06 am

Google calls its transliteration as phka sdaw... but doesn't translate that to anything really... phka means flowers.
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Re: What plant is this?

Postby thePeck » Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:33 am

StroppyChops wrote:...but has cooling properties for 24 to 36 hours (tested, confirmed). Hard to find in the city, common as muck in the provinces.
I'm interested in that, how does one go about getting some? I might just show this picture to my gf and ask her.
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Re: What plant is this?

Postby Bitte_Kein_Lexus » Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:27 am

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.
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Re: What plant is this?

Postby Mrs Stroppy » Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:30 am

We bought some at central market yesterday for around 1000 Riel. We went to the fruit & veg sellers with a photo on our phone and showed it to them. They were very helpful pointing us to the one who sold it.
You just eat about a pinch of leaves & berries, really bitter but you can also just swallow it like a pill. Works really well.
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Re: What plant is this?

Postby StroppyChops » Sun Jun 08, 2014 12:42 pm

Soi Dog wrote:Yeah...but can you smoke it and get a buzzzzzz? 8)
No clue, but given it's other properties it's probably worth a shot.
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