Category Archives: Green Plants

Thai Lavender Frog Egg Eggplant

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I’ve been searching for their seeds for quite some time and finally I found an online local seller who sell it. It is best eaten raw as ‘ulam’ with ‘sambal belacan’

Here is some info about these tiny eggplants taken from myfolia.com

Thai lavender frog egg is a variety of eggplant which is a member of the Solanum family. Its botanical name is Solanum melongena ‘Thai lavender frog egg’.

Native to central Thailand, these eggplant fruits are the size of cherry tomatoes.

This variety is a vegetable that typically grows as an Annual/Perennial, which is defined as a plant that can matures and completes its life cycle over the course of one year or more.

Thailand is believed to be where Thai lavender frog egg originates from.

Barbarella Eggplants

When the online seeds seller put up this eggplant seeds for sale, I thought it looks wonderful. So I bought a packet and tried sowing it in the tray.

It didn’t take long for the seed to germinate. After a week or two I repot the plant to a bigger pot and look how big it grows.

At first I thought the texture of barbarella eggplant is like the typical round, purple eggplant we get in the market here in Malaysia. But after cooking it in fish curry, the inside didn’t become mushy. Or maybe because I harvested it before it ripens.

From specialtyproduce.com:

Barbarella eggplant is an Italian variety that is native to the island of Sicily.

This eggplant has a unique squat shape, that is very round and has slightly grooved sides.

The outer skin is a deep purple and when ripe forms a white halo under the calyx. The inner flesh is a creamy white color, contains small seeds and offers a mild nutty flavor with a slight sweetness.

From goodeggs.com:

Whether in a classic eggplant parmesan, or stuffed and baked with lamb, peppers, tomato, garlic and pine nuts, you’ll be in for a treat with our delicious eggplant.

Great for stir fries, baking, or saut√©ing. Enjoy this delectable summer treat while it’s here!

Well, next time I harvest the eggplant, I need to find an Italian recipe to cook it with :)

Bunga Telang – Clitoria ternatea

I always hate climbing plants simply because my lawn doesn’t have enough space for the plants to climb. So when I got the seeds of this bunga telang, I thought just give it a try and see how well the plant can grow. I’ve tried planting several type of beans before but none ever survived even if I put some climbing device inside the pot.

Bunga telang or butterfly pea is used in Kelantanese delicacy nasi dagang to turn the white rice into blue color. Don’t ask me how to cook it because I’ve never seen the real flower until today when the one that I germinated a few months ago bloom.

It is said that if you collect enough of the blue flowers and you boil them with sugar, you can make a blue syrup drinks. And then if you squeeze some lime juice into the blue syrup, it will increase the acidity and turn the juice into pink-purple color.

For now I can only see one single flower every time it blooms. There’s also a white bunga telang which I still don’t have the seed.

Update on Timun Mini

After a week or two of seeing the timun mini growing well, I decided to repot it into a bigger pot and put obelisk for it to climb.

Amazing how the next day the tendrils grabbed the obelisk.

As this is the first time I tried to plant cucumber, I have no idea what to expect next. I am reading a few articles on cucumber growing. One I find quite useful is this : Growing Cucumber.

Will update more about this timun mini later.

Buah Bendi – Mammoth Spineless Okra

We went away for a wedding for a few days and this is what happened to the buah bendi..huhu! I guess by this stage it will be too woody for me to pick and cook it. I decided to keep it on the plant and let it grow mature so that I can harvest the seed pods from the okra later.

So far, this is the only mammoth spineless okra that managed to bloom from flower to fruit. (Yes, it’s called as fruit even though it’s eaten as vegetable)

Anyone know how long should I keep it on the plant before I can pluck it to harvest the pods? Will the fruit turn brown to show that it is matured enough?

Bunga Bendi


Since I’ve never planted okra/bendi before, I was so fascinated when I saw the plant has flower coming out.

A friend told me that after the flower wilts, the okra/lady fingers bud will start to form.

But I was shocked to find the bud fell down on the floor the next day. At first I thought some insects or bugs ate the bud but after a close look, I just realized that the okra bud fell down by itself.

And then a new flower formed and this time I was lucky enough to take some pictures before it wilts. The bunga bendi looks like hibiscus, right? That’s because they come from the same family.

I am still waiting for the okra to successfully develop. Can’t wait to eat my first bendi that I plant.

Timun Mini

Before I gave birth early this year, I bought more vegetable seeds from tanamsendiri.com. One of the vegetables I chose is timun mini (cucumber).

There’s only 5 seeds in one pack so when I planted it a few days ago, I just put one seed in the soil.

2 days later, it sprouted. Amazing!

The above picture was taken today. Do you notice the tiny leaves? I am reading the guide on how to plant cucumber from tanamsendiri blog : Tanam Sendiri-Mentimun

Hopefully my cucumber plant will live long and I get to sample the fruit of my labor :)

Update : Mammoth Okra

Check out my previous entry on this heirloom spineless mammoth okra/lady fingers.

One of the plants died during my confinement period. One barely survives. Fortunately after several days of watering and tender care, it emerges back into a strong okra plant.

Now I can see 3 buds of okra coming out. Really hope it will turn into lady fingers that I can cook.

My son and I planted a few more okra seeds in another pot. They sprouted 2 days later.

I have placed the new plant in the area where it gets more sunshine. We will see how it grows. Will update later.

Cherry Tomato

I tried to plant cherry tomato from seeds with hope that one day I would be able to collect the tomato and eat them as salad. After 2 months of planting, out of 6 small plants which sprouted from the seeds, only 2 managed to grow big. And then they started to produce flowers.

I have been checking whether any of the flower turn into tiny green tomato but I couldn’t see any. I even thought perhaps I should try the manual pollination to help my tomato plant..haha!

And then a few days ago I saw this tiny red tomato hanging alone on the vine tip. I feel like jumping with joy watching my first home grown cherry tomato.

As I am writing this entry, I found some info about the two types of tomato plants from organicgardening.com.

“Tomato plants are vines, and they have two basic ways of growing, called determinate and indeterminate.

The vines of determinate varieties (sometimes called bush tomatoes) grow only 1 to 3 feet long, and the main stem and side stems produce about three flower clusters each. Once flowers form at the vine tips, the plant stops growing. This means determinate types set fruit over about a two-week period and then stop, which makes them excellent choices for canning.

Indeterminate tomatoes have sprawling vines that grow 6 to 20 feet long. Most produce about three flower clusters at every second leaf. They keep growing and producing unless stopped by frost, disease, or lack of nutrients, which means you can keep picking fresh tomatoes the whole season. Pruning is necessary, however, or they will put too much energy into vine production.”

I am not sure whether the cherry tomato plants I have is the determinate or indeterminate varieties. I think I have to read more about tomato planting after this.

Bendi Heirloom Mammoth Spineless

This is like the third time I tried to sow okra/lady fingers seeds. The two times that I tried none ever grow. But this time somehow two healthy plants emerge from the soil..hehe!

For this type of okra – Mammoth Spineless I bought the seeds from Diana of Kebun Bahagia Bersama. Check out her entry about this heirloom lady fingers plant : Rare Heirloom Mammoth Spineless Lady’s Fingers.

I have moved the pot to another part of the yard where it can get sunlight and splash of rain (though it has not been raining for many weeks now).

I’m praying that the Mammoth lady fingers plant will grow well and I can get to taste at least one okra that I plant on my own.

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