How to Effortlessly Pick Saga Seeds in Singapore and Impress a Girl With Them
50 Wonders In Singapore
Aug 4, 2015 · 3 min read
I’m sure you know what saga seeds are — those scarlet, glossy and heart-shaped beads. Saga seeds symbolise love in many of these countries and are known as xiang si dou (相思豆) in Mandarin. That literally means ‘longing peas’. They are unique to certain parts of Southeast Asia, Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean Islands. Of course, Singapore is home to some of these trees!
Saga is actually the Malay name for it and this has been traced to the Arabic for ‘goldsmith’. What has the goldsmith got to do with the tree? Interestingly, in the olden days, the seeds were commonly used to measure the weight of gold and silver. 4 seeds = 1g. And you know the seeds don’t lie because they have a uniform weight. Cool, huh?
If the saga tree were a human, it w o uld be heavily fined as it is deciduous and so, sheds a lot of twigs, leaves and especially its pods, which often crack open while still on the branches. Thus, many seeds drop before the pods themselves fall.
The seeds may be eaten if and only if they are cooked. Otherwise, try it at your own risk. Many have used them to treat headaches and inflammation but how effective it is, we don’t know.
Accessory shops in Singapore and other parts of the globe have fused these vibrant seeds into their jewellery to form unique, attractive pieces. Online, people are also selling the seeds in packs. But where’s the joy if you didn’t actually gather them yourself?
Read about this interesting project, Pass It On, done by a British contemporary artist who, for this, collected more than 10,000 saga seeds and hand-numbered them one by one.
Would you like to pick some seeds today?
Well, if you have the heart, you will definitely be able to get them! Go with your friends, go with your family, go yourself — whatever. Follow the steps below and the seeds will find their way into your pockets!
Saga is actually the Malay name for it and this has been traced to the Arabic for ‘goldsmith’. What has the goldsmith got to do with the tree? Interestingly, in the olden days, the seeds were…
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