Posted on May 4, 2011
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14 responses to “Neem: The UN’s Tree of the 21st Century, Salimuzzaman Siddique, and Asif Ali Zardari”

  1. Umar says:

    Another wonderful post. Just the thought of writing about and honoring a tree (especially in a country where we do not even honor the very best of our citizens!)

    P.S. By the way, @Rasheed. What a pathetic little man you must be. What a loser and self-concieted little man! I pity you and your kind!

  2. Sridhar says:

    Owais,

    Come home. We usually have a stock of dried Neem flowers and will make you that Rasam. It is somewhat bitter and is an acquired taste but bitterness is not the only taste the Neem flowers impart. And in a spicy, sour Rasam the bitterness blends in quite well and is not dominant.

    I remember how we first introduced each other to our respective cuisines many years ago. It was fun – I wish we were still in the same place.

    Where you are currently, you might find the Neem flowers Rasam though it is not typically available in restaurants. If there is some place that offers home-style food or if somebody has a catering business out of home, you might find it.

  3. Rasheed says:

    Adil,
    While I agree that the Neem is a great tree, and a sweetheart of the ethnopharmacology community, the timing of this post is very inappropriate. While Neem is found in Pakistan, it’s not what Pakistan is about, and is grown elsewhere, too. You could have let people keep their focus upon what dangerous turn Pakistan is taking.

    While your country is on the brink of falling apart, you are TALKING ABOUT THE NEEM TREE? Or maybe I misspoke — you’re now American, not Pakistani any more. So you have to do Namak Halaalee. Does leave one to wonder, though, if some secret service for the CIA is going on – as a mind-control agent for them inducing catharsis among their victims.

    An appropriate post could have been street reaction to the inaction or silence of the P. M. and Prez, both apparently quite incompetent, and calls by fmr. F. M. and oppsosition leadership for their resignation.

  4. Owais Mughal says:

    Sridhar

    I am surprised to know that neem flower is used in food. I’d like to taste it sometimes. I’ve had rasam several times but never with neem flower. I would not have thought that neem could be used in cooking because with neem a taste of bitterness comes to mind – but neem flowers may be different story. never tasted those.

    In Urdu there is a famous saying – which goes like this:

    “ek to karela …oopar se neem chaRha”

    i.e. karela + neem = something super bitter :)