Cosmos caudatus

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Cosmos caudatus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Compositae
Genus: Cosmos
Species: C. caudatus
Binomial name
Cosmos caudatus
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Synonyms

Bidens caudatus

Cosmos caudatus is an annual plant in Cosmos genus, bearing purple, pink, or white ray florets, and capable of being found worldwide in tropical areas.

The plant is edible and its common names include ulam raja, literally meaning "the King's salad".[1] It was brought by the Spaniards from Latin America, via the Philippines, to the rest of Southeast Asia.[1] Ulam, a Malay word used to describe a preparation that combines food, medicine and beauty is the widely popular Malay herbal salad. As a Malaysian delight, it is served throughout the country from major hotels for tourists to buffet lunches or dinners for the locals.[2]

Description[edit]

Ulam Raja is an annual plant growing up 2 m in height. The leaves are soft and pungent while the stem is light green with a purplish hue and succulent. As night falls the leaves fold to close the terminal buds as the plant literally sleeps. The flowers can be found solitary or in a loose clusters and are produced on a single stalk on auxiliary heads.[3]

Gastronomy[edit]

A Cosmos caudatus flower

The Malay people believe that the herb is good for health and contains anti-aging properties or awet muda, and that it tones up blood circulation, strengthens the bones and promotes fresh breath.[citation needed]

In Indonesian cuisine and Malay cuisine the leaves of this plant are used for salad.

Urap and pecel, both are type of Indonesian salad. Both are different in dressing, one with cooked grated coconut and spicy peanut sauce

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b Bodeker, G. (2009). Health and Beauty from the Rainforest: Malaysian Traditions of Ramuan. Kuala Lumpur: Didier Millet. ISBN 978-981-4217-91-0
  2. ^ Nasi ulam recipe
  3. ^ Hassan, Dr. W. E. (2006). Healing Herbs of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur: Federal Land Development Agency. ISBN 978-983-99544-2-5
References
  • Hassan, Dr. W. E. (2006). Healing Herbs of Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur: Federal Land Development Agency. ISBN 978-983-99544-2-5
  • Bodeker, G. (2009). Health and Beauty from the Rainforest: Malaysian Traditions of Ramuan. Kuala Lumpur: Didier Millet. ISBN 978-981-4217-91-0

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