All of my posts have been about Daun Belalai Gajah which needless to say were written in Malay. Now that I have explained in depth about Belalai Gajah in this language, I believe it would simply be fair for me to extend my understanding of this plant in English for this article. It actually amuses me that the name of the plant has different meaning in both Malay and English.
In Malay the meaning of daun belalai gajah means Elephants Trunk whereas Sabah Snake Grass means Rumput Ular Sabah or even the Grass which is named after having a Sabah Snake or perhaps is it a Snake that is from Sabah that eats the grass called Sabah Snake Grass (Grass which is food for Sabahan Snakes in a nutshell)? Anyway my point is that the name of the plant differs in meaning both in languages.
Like most of us, should we learn about something we have never heard before, the initial place we would search is Wikipedia. Sabah Snake Grass in Wikipedia will tell you that this plant scientific name is Clinacanthus nutans in fact it is part of the Acanthaceae family. This actually makes me wonder when they would reveal the name in the Godfather of Sabah Snake as well since the introduction sounded like an introduction to a Mafia crime family.
Consuming the tea manufactured from Sabah Snake Grass leaves is easy. There are several ways of eating or drinking the leaves:
a) Consume it since it is. If people are able to eat fish since it is without cooking (raw) why wouldnt you consume leaves without cooking it too? When you consume it because it is, you will make it like this is a dish on its own. You take in it raw with rice and possibly with shrimp paste sambal. It really is DELICIOUS!
b) Cook it. Yup, there is a little of hardship involved but hey, if you are an excellent cook or you have a friend who is an excellent cook, you cook those leaves.
c) You change it into juices. With add-ons like green apple and water and using a blender, you could turn the simple leaves through the Acanthaceae family of into juices.
d) Ensure it is into hot tea. This can be our favourite topic. We like a cuppa tea in the morning or later in the day and what else might make the enjoyment of our own hot beverage better still? Great Wonderful Health! How much more can we mzfort in regards to a simple practice of drinking tea daily? Should you value health then you would understand and go along with me or us as to the reasons we are meant to adopt this healthy habit.
e) Pills yes you will find Sabah Snake Grass leaves pill on sale yet it is less popular plus the necessary certification required for such alternative is just too time consuming for manufacturer to comply thus allow it to be less popular.
Our Teh Belalai Gajah or Sabah Snake Grass Tea is not hard to eat. Every sachet is individually packed so that you can bring it with you on your travels unlike consuming it raw off of the tree or maybe if you prefer making juices. Imagine preparing your plant for that flight then explaining to immigration. I am certain your plant will likely be quarantined and you will be unable to enjoy your food consumption from the said leaves. We allow it to be easy and more fun plus less hassle too.
The taste is just lovely. It has the slight taste of Green Tea Leaf so when you have experienced the opportunity to try the said tea and also you didnt mind, you wouldnt mind to drink this tea either. There is not any foul smell either. So if you were to ask us to offer a rating on the taste and smell, I would personally provide an 8 or perhaps a 9 away from 10. I seriously dont mind it so I am certain other people wouldnt either.