Monday, 18 July 2016
QUEEN OF THE NIGHT
I had wanted to catch the Queen of the Night or Night blooming Cereus in full bloom on Thursday night but was unsuccessful. I went to check on the flower at 7.30 p.m. bnt it was just beginning to open up a bit. Then I went at 11 p.m. but it was still just opening up a bit. I guessed it was in full bloom at around 1 p.m.. By the time I reached the college at around 8 a.m. on Friday, the flower was beginning to fade. Sigh.
By the way, the faded flower can be used to make a soup. In Chinese medicine, we say it is "Yoon fai", Literally translated to mean moisten the lungs. So, making a soup from this flower is a will bring health benefits to the lungs. However, if one has high blood pressure, then it is not advisable to drink this soup as it will worsen the condition.
To prepare the soup, cut the entire flower (petals and stem) into bite size pieces. You can add meat if you want, although I actually prefer without. Instead of seasoning, add thinly sliced preserved Chinese mustard, a vegetable that is preserved with chilli and salt and added in soups. You can thicken it with a bit of flour.