Xewali Phool (শেৱালি ফুল ) "Xewali phool " or night Jasmine flowers ,spread out in the sun for drying .
The scientific name is Nycanthes arbor tritis .The tree is sometimes called the "tree of sorrow", because the flowers lose their brightness during daytime; the scientific name arbor-tristis also means "sad tree". "Xewali phool " is an integral part of our life and culture . I remember ,almost every home had a plant of this flower ,even today in rural Assam . This flower ,which has a strong association with romanticism ,poetry ,music ,love , melancholy ,is interestingly a part of Assamese cuisine too .As a kid ,we used to collect this flowers every morning and make pretty garlands. In high school days ,these flowers lay in a woven basket in my study table. Every autumn the tree would bloom into tiny star like flowers near my bedroom window . The dusk and the evenings ,the aroma used to keep me enchanted in a unknown romantic aura ,along with the music at my headphones . " Joonake kaane kaane ahi kole , nibir obuj bhaxare tumi mur mathu mur .." this song used to go on in repeat mode 😀
My grandma ( aaita ) used to collect these flowers too . But ,it wasn't any romanticism ,instead she sun-dried them and prepared different dishes with them . These flowers has a bitter taste which I used to hate it as a kid ,but today I crave for it. The dried flowers can be added to "khar " recipes ,to mashed potatoes and also to fritters . We love them in anyway .
Xewali phool is not just a flower for the Assamese ,it's an emotional n gastronomical delight !!
Je ne me lasse pas de prendre cette table en photo. Et je ne me lasse pas de changer la Deco que je pose dessus tous les jours 🌲. En attendant ici, c'est plutôt un automne tout gris et pluvieux. Du coup tout est encore bien vert. J'ai hâte que les arbres se parent de leurs couleurs chatoyantes et j'ai hâte de pouvoir marcher dans les feuilles mortes.
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