Thursday, 12 April 2018

Curry Flowers Don't Smell Like Curry


My curry plant flowered again recently. Up until now, I never bothered to smell the flowers, assuming that they would smell of curry.

Apparently, they smell fragrant like Jasmine, so I simply had to take a sniff.


And yes, the do smell like Jasmine! So delicate and so sweet. Well, well, that was a revelation.


I spotted a cluster of flower buds. 


But they did not bloom at the same time.


Next thing I knew, I had a mixed bag of buds, blooms and spent flowers.


Later I noted tiny fruits formed but the did not stick. Another older plant flowered and fruited some years ago and this batch of flowering curry plants were the seedlings.

28 comments:

  1. I mountain tortoise, didn't know curry plant have flowers as I never see the flowers in the plant before...

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  2. Errr... maybe the flowers smell like jasmines but the leaves still smell good !

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  3. I never bothered to smell mine. Wahhhh!!! Your plant is so small and it has flowered already?

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  4. Beautiful and didn't know that curry leaf plants flowered :) You must have green fingers .....

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    1. I didn't know either until mine flowered hah..hah...

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  5. Me too....I don't think I've ever seen flowers on curry leaves before (in my neighbour's curry plant). I guess if the flowers smelled like curry, people would use them like they use curry leaves? Hihihi! ;)

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    1. I suppose so hah..hah.... Basil flowers smell of basil and I do use the flowers in my salad as well.

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  6. I knew they had flowers and even round green fruits when I was a small kid. My Malay neighbour had a huge tree for me to climb. Put more baja or ask your darling to do his morning pee ritual at the tree. They will grow up very tall & strong to greet your bedroom windows.

    When you have too much leaves, you can fry all of them with your keropok and salted egg. So heavenly!

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    1. You know so many things! I prefer my curry plant to be small. If it becomes a big tree then quite hard to maintain. Oh yes, I have been meaning to make salted egg chicken!

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  7. I never smell curry flowers and leaves. But my guess is they don't smell like curry. There are so many components in curry such as the spices, sauces, herbs and of course the curry leaves. Curry leaf is just a little part of the curry so it shouldn't smell spicy like curry.

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    1. Curry leaves are so versatile that they are even used in Chinese cooking so it is a useful plant to have in the garden.

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  8. Never thought got flowers on curry leaves... eye opener for me as usual.. :)

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  9. We had one that flowered. It was chopped off as it was grown in the ground. Now I plant them in a pot to control their growth. I trim the plant regularly so no chance to flower.

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  10. I've had curry plants before but I never see them flowering!

    They look so nice!

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  11. can the curry flowers be eaten?

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  12. I've never seen a curry plant...yet alone, curry flowers. They are really pretty but it's the plant I envy you for, Phong Hong!

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    1. Hi Elisabeth! It's a useful plant to have in the garden. Whenever I want to cook curry, all I need to do is go to the garden to get the leaves!

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  13. The young curry leafs can buat ulam. Its tasty.

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  14. I like aroma of Jasmine, next time when my mom's curry plants flowering, I must go sniff sniff, hehe ^__^

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