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Pak Tamlueng or Ivy Gourd: Natural Medicine That Literally Grows Like A Weed

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Pak Tamlueng or Ivy Gourd: Natural Medicine That Literally Grows Like A Weed

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I had started pulling the invasive creeper out by fistfuls before I even saw them: small cucumber-like fruits hiding behind the leaves.

The extremely vigorous vine was choking out my pretty double blue butterfly pea on the side fence. I enjoy to gather and dry blue butterfly flowers (in Thai called Dok Anchan) for herbal teas. Not wanting to harm my pretty Clitoria ternatea, I had discarded my usual machete, and was pulling it out by hand instead.

“C’mon have a look at this!” I called out to my 15 year old Thai daughter. “You think they’re edible?”
After a brief look-see and shrugged shoulders, my daughter picked one, snapped a few pics and went off to ask our Thai staff. And the answer came back unequivocally: “Cannot eat. Thai people not eat.”

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Source: Expat Life Thailand

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