Scientific name : Parkia Speciosa
Other name : peteh, bitter bean, twisted cluster bean, stink bean, sator and sataw.
We were very fortunate to have bumped into the Liang’s family during our visit to Julau this CNY. They are the very first in Sarawak to have Petai Farm in which they got the seedlings from West Malaysia.
Maybe due to better soil condition, somehow their petai tastes better than West Malaysia and has Wasabi taste! The wasabi taste persists even after frying! The best petai is with the dark green colour skin. When you peel off the skin, there is an orange coloured pulp covering the seed that tasted sweeter than candy. Wow.. a great mixture of sweet + spicy + bitter!!! Something you shouldn’t miss out when u visit Julau!
Petai seeds usually can be consumed directly, boiled, or baked, and petai seed is also widely consumed by mixed with other foods such as chilli, garlic, anchovies, belacan (shrimp paste), fish, duck, vegetables, and so forth.
Vitamin A, B complex, C, Potassium, Magnesium, phosphorus, iron, fibre and natural sugars.
Petai contains three natural sugars -sucrose, fructose and glucose. Combined with fiber, petai gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.
With a high content of iron, petai can stimulate the production of haemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anaemia.
High fiber in petai help expedite the process of digestion in the body thereby reducing the likelihood of constipation.
According to a survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating petai. This happens because petai contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin. Substance is what will make relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
High blood pressure
Petai has very high potassium, but low in salt, making it perfect for the fight against blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the petai industry to make official
claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
According to research in “The New England Journal of Medicine”, eating petai as part of a regular diet can reduce the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40 percent.
Petai has a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating petai for soothing relief.
Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
Petai contain high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
Petai can help people who want to quit smoking. Vitamin B6 and B12 they contain, along with potassium and magnesium, will help the body to recover effects of stopping from nicotine.
PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)
The content of vitamin B6 is in the petai helps to regulate blood sugar levels in the body and helps the mood for women who are experiencing premenstrual syndrome.
Eating petai between meals will help maintain sugar levels and avoid vomiting.
This fruit can neutralize acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Try rubbing the affected area with the inside of the petai skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of petai and place it on the wart. Carefully hold the petai in place with a plaster or surgical tape!
Petai is mixed with honey and milk, this milkshakes made is believed to help to relieve hangover experienced by a person because of this herb can improve blood sugar levels while the milk is useful for calming and re-fix the fluid level in the body.
Many other cultures see petai as a “cooling” fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Holland, for example, pregnant women eat petai to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
If consumed excessive, petai can damage the kidneys and the substance will damage the kidney filter. This is because of the high content of amino acids in Petai.
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