This very popular form of fragrant water is made from freshly gathered flowers and contains no alcohol. The flowers used are selected for their sweet and lingering fragrance, some of the more common ingredients being the flowers of damask rose (Rosa damascene Mill.), jasmine, “lam-chiak” (Pandanus tectorius Bl.), “kradang-ngaa-thai” (Cananga odorata Hook.f. & Th.), orange champaka (Michelia champaca Linn.), “chammanaas”(Vallaris glabra Ktze.),bullet wood, “lamduan” (Melodorum fruticosum Lour.) and “chan-ka-pho” (Vatica diospyroides Syming.). Other ingredients used include the leaves of fragrant screw pine, the inner bark of “chaluut” (Alyxia reinwardtii Bl.bar. lucida Markge.), sandalwood, Siam benzoin, jasmine and hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis Linn.)oils.
Thai-style fragrant water is applied liberally onto the face, chest and arms during the hot climate. It is also recommended for use in cases of fainting. A thick made by mixing scented marl with fragrant water is used as an anointment in various ceremonies.
Thai Hom Mali rice is indigenous to Thailand. In the past, it has been variously labeled as “fragrant rice”, “jasmine rice”, “aromatic rice” or “scented rice”. This variety of rice can only be grown in the hot, sunny climates of Southeast Asia. However, Thailand has developed three varieties of Thai Hom Mali called Khao Dok Mali 105, Khao Jao Hawm Klong Luang 1 (KLG1) and Khao Jao Hawm Suphan Buri (SPR-A), which have produced higher yields and higher resistance to diseases and insect pests. Therefore, Thailand has become internationally recognized as a leading exporter of this unique rice.
Thai Hom Mali Rice
Thai Hom Mali Rice has enjoyed an international reputation for its aroma and the texture which is tender and versatile to blend effectively with a wide variety of dishes. Grown only in Thailand, Thai Hom Mali Rice is the world’s only indigenous rice with a natural fragrance.
Hom Mali, generally known as “Fragrant Rice” or “Jasmine-scented rice”, grown in Thailand has quality that its variety grown in other parts of the world does not have!
Thai Hom Mali Rice is a traditional strain of rice which originated from a small village in central Thailand called Bang Klar. In the early 1970s, co-operation between the private and government sectors, seeking alternative rice varieties for export, saw Thai Hom Mali Rice planted in the Northeastern Region. the result were excellent and today the Northeastern Region produces the finest quality Thai Hom Mali Rice.
It is also very nutritious. Thai Hom Mali Rice is a high fibre grain containing vitamins B1, B2, Niacin, Carbohydrate and protein. It is also rich in minerals such as Iron, Calcium and Phosphorous.
Thailand is the top rice exporting country in the world, averaging 6 million tones a year, about a quarter of which is Thai Hom Mali.