Herb and Spice Garden


On the grounds of the Malay Heritage Centre was a small herb and spice garden in the Arab Quarter of Singapore.

henna plant

I spotted an insignificant bush to discover it was henna; a dye used for creating artistic mendhi patterns. Clove bushes, a tamarind tree, black pepper plants, turmeric plants, and even a cashew nut tree graced the tiny enclosure.

betel nut plant

One thought on “Herb and Spice Garden”

  1. Earlier people used to grind the henna leaves to a paste along with other ingredients to make mehndi patterns, but now the paste is available in cones in the market, it seems it easer to apply. Early last month our niece got married, the beauticians had got the henna paste, they fillied in plastic cones and applied .


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