Cosmos Plant (Ulam Raja)

by Arie July. 01, 2008 45627 views

Cosmos is a herbaceous plant.

In Malaysia, we name it “Ulam Raja”. The “Ulam Raja” shoots is an example of an “Ulam” that is usually taken raw. “Ulam Raja” when literally translated means the King's salad.

The scientific name for the plant is Cosmos. There are about 20 to 26 species in the family worldwide.

I understand that it can be easily found in Mexico, United States (Arizona and Florida), Central America, South America, Paraguay, Malaysia and Thailand.

However experts in “Ulam” claims that Cosmos Caudatus or “Ulam Raja asli” also called “Ulam Raja tulin” taste better than the hybrids of Cosmos Sulphureus which the local calls “Ulam Raja kuning”.

In Malaysia, there are many types of “Ulam Raja”. The two main types that are popular have pink or white flowers. A more common hybrid of “Ulam Raja” are the yellow flowered varieties or Cosmos Sulphureus. The shoots of these yellow varieties too can be eaten as “Ulam”.

The photograph above shows the Cosmos Caudatus or “Ulam Raja kuning” planted in my backyard. The edible young shoots are used for “Ulam” and usually taken with “sambal belachan” - a dip made from a mixture of pounded chilli, raw onions, shrimp paste (belachan) and lime juice.

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Tisha Dr 11 years, 4 months ago

Ulam dengan sambal petai(tho I always [i]skip[/i] on the petai)...YUMMY!!
Lovely shots!!

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Letrato 11 years, 4 months ago

great dof on the first 2 shots, beautiful set.

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Jennye 11 years, 4 months ago

Beautiful shots!!...great post!!

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Stephaniebishop 11 years, 4 months ago

your picters awesome

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Carol 11 years, 4 months ago

..awesome post...

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Farah Hanim Mukhtar 11 years, 4 months ago

lamanyaa xmakan ulam..
baru tau pokok ulam raja comel cam ni..
thanks for sharing..^_^

11 years, 4 months ago Edited
Carver 11 years, 4 months ago

Excellent work . I love these shots really.

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Bertram J Chatham 11 years, 4 months ago

Very nice composition and DOF on #1.

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Askrubies Chichiwee 11 years, 4 months ago

yes you absolutely right. i love ulam raja. very informative entry. Well done and very good shot.

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Mindy 11 years, 4 months ago

Beautiful shots! very peaceful and serene!!! great set!

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Repasi Roland 11 years, 4 months ago

Nice.

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Tantatantan 11 years, 4 months ago

very nice compositions and delicate shots!

11 years, 4 months ago Edited
Sandra 11 years, 4 months ago

very nice! thx for sharing!

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K C Ng 11 years, 4 months ago

Stunning :))

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Leocheung 11 years, 4 months ago

Gorgeous!

11 years, 4 months ago Edited
Olivia 11 years, 4 months ago

I like # 5 & # 6.
:)

11 years, 4 months ago Edited
Akmal 11 years, 4 months ago

macro first and second pic memang cantik!!pic #7 pun cantik!!=)
dah lama tak makan ulam raja..huhu

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Mei-Ling 11 years, 4 months ago

Oh, you are making me homesick with your mention of sambal belachan! Fortunately, I have learned how to make it and I make sure that I have a good supply to take back to Spain whenever I'm back in Singapore.

Great close-ups, Snapshoot! Many thanks for sharing this brilliant post. Best regards.

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Lynda 11 years, 4 months ago

Interesting commentary. Nice set.

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