VENDORS of flowers from the wild phet plant that naturally grows in rural areas around Tatkon township , Nay Pyi Taw Council Area, are seeing high turnover.
“ We pick the flowers early in the morning. We then string ten flowers together with thin bamboo strips. We sell the flowers around the area and at the town’s market usually fetching K300 during the early season.
Later when the flowers are plenty we can still make K150 per ten flowers,” said a village vendor who earns about K3000 to K4000 daily from selling the popular flowers.
She added that as there was not much rain this year in the township the flower harvest was less. The medicinal flowers are a traditional seasonal garnish in Myanmar meals. They are eaten as a salad which is good for insomnia, local belief holds.
The flowers, when dried, can also be cooked with dried fish or with pork which is a family favorite, says a housewife from the town’s Bayintnaung ward .
(Tin Soe Lwin-IPRD)