[Original by Mariko OMURA, Cambodia Project (December 25, 2020); Translated by E. Miyazaki /A. Taguchi]
Roselle hibiscus in bright red!
Hi, this is Mariko Omura, the country director of JVC Cambodia. It is now December and the harvest season of Roselle hibiscus. The flowers look like bright red jewels, which are picked, dried, and shipped as a raw material for herb tea.
Pretty pink globe amaranth
The pretty flowers are globe amaranth. It contains a lot of ingredients for enhancing beauty. We also dry and ship them to Phnom Penh as a raw material for herb tea.
Tangy and spicy! Turmeric and ginger
It is also the harvest season of root vegetables such as turmeric and ginger. The vitamin-rich colors are so pretty!
To the workshop of Demeter
These dry herbs are shipped to Demeter, Roselle Stones Khmer, a brand of organic herb tea in Phnom Penh. We started shipping lemongrass and have continued the business for more than one year. Now, we sell more than ten kinds of herbs!
The other day, some JVC staff visited the workshop and learned how their herbs become products. They seemed to have found many things useful for giving training in the villages.
Dry herb training is popular among the villagers since they can earn money with what they make during their free time. The herbs are light in weight and the process is not difficult, so anyone regardless of age can try it.
An article in FRaU and where we can buy the herb teas
Demeter’s activities were introduced in FRaU, a Japanese monthly magazine, as an example of circular economy. JVC Cambodia provided some pictures for the article.
You can buy various kinds of herb teas on Demeter’s website! Although the supply is somewhat unstable due to COVID-19, they said that they still have stock. Why not try some as you relax during the New Year’s break? There are many tangy and spicy blends that will make you cozy and warm during winter. Some of the ingredients are from the JVC’s project site. Please enjoy the breeze of Cambodia in your home!Share This: