I first heard of this flower from Annie.
And on one of my trips to KL, I spotted this at Dai Ma Herb Shop (One Utama). The price is quite cheap, I forgot how much but surely less than RM10 and one pack can last me few pots of soup.
Blooming night cereus is from the Cactus family, cousins with the Dragonfruit. The flower is usually planted for it's fragrance, but the fragrance after it has dried is very mild.
Night cereus is high in nutrition. Rich in Calcium and Phosphorus, and 13 kinds of amino acids. It also has quite a number of crucial trace minerals. In TCM, this flower is good for the lungs, as in for Tuberculosis, Bronchitis, cough, phlegm and many more.
Try this if you want to 'expel' toxins from your body. How does it expel? Don't ask me, I don't know much about TCM.
Night Cereus Wintermelon SoupReference: Sunday
300gm pork ribs
20gm night cereus
2 candied dates
2 dried scallops
1. Soak night cereus until soft. Squeeze the flower to remove excess water.
2. Scald the ribs and wash it clean.
3. Bring 2L of water to boil. Add in everything and let it boil for 10 minutes then lower it down to a simmer for another 1.5 hours.
4. Season with salt and bring it back to a rolling boil for 5 to 10 minutes.