All my posts have been about Daun Belalai Gajah which of course were written in Malay. Since I have explained in depth about Belalai Gajah in this language, I do believe it could only be fair for me personally to extend my knowledge about this plant in English for this article. It really 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 that is certainly named following a Sabah Snake or is it a Snake that is from Sabah that eats the grass referred to as Sabah Snake Grass (Grass which is food for Sabahan Snakes in a nutshell)? Anyway my point would be that the name in the plant differs in meaning both in languages.
Like a lot 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 the plant scientific name is Clinacanthus nutans which is a member of the Acanthaceae family. This actually makes me wonder should they would reveal the name in the Godfather of Sabah Snake too because the introduction sounded like an overview of a Mafia crime family.
Consuming the tea manufactured from Sabah Snake Grass leaves is easy. There are some methods for 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 since it is, you make it like this is a dish by itself. You take in it raw with rice and maybe with shrimp paste sambal. It is actually DELICIOUS!
b) Cook it. Yup, you will find a little of hardship involved but hey, should you be a good cook or you know someone who is a great cook, you cook those leaves.
c) You turn it into juices. With accessories like green apple and water and using a blender, you might turn the easy leaves from the Acanthaceae family of into juices.
d) Make it into hot tea. This can be our favourite topic. We like a cuppa tea each day or in the evening and what else might make the enjoyment in our hot beverage better yet? Great Wonderful Health! How much more could we mzfort regarding a simple practice of drinking tea daily? Should you value health you would then understand and go along with me or us why we are meant to adopt this healthy habit.
e) Pills yes you can find Sabah Snake Grass leaves pill on sale yet it is less popular plus the necessary certification needed for such alternative is too time-consuming for manufacturer to comply thus make it less popular.
Our Teh Belalai Gajah or Sabah Snake Grass Tea is not hard to take. Every sachet is individually packed to be able to take it together with you on your travels unlike consuming it raw from the tree or perhaps so if you prefer making juices. Imagine preparing your plant for your flight then explaining to immigration. I am certain your plant is going to be quarantined and you will struggle to enjoy your daily diet from the said leaves. We allow it to be basic and more enjoyable plus less hassle too.
The taste is merely lovely. It provides the slight taste of Green Tea if you have gotten the ability 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 give a rating on the taste and smell, I would provide an 8 or a 9 out of 10. I truly dont mind it so I am sure other people wouldnt either.