Saturday, December 4, 2010

The mutual love bean?

When I saw this necklace on shu flies' blog I remembered the seeds I had safely stored in a dish on the shelf, not sure what else to do with them.  I was given the seeds at the Jhihben National Forest Recreation Area by a guide who in broken english explained to me that they were special because they were shaped like hearts.  I looked them up last night and they are Saga seeds, also called love seeds.  They are often used in making jewelery because of their amazing color and in China they are known as xiang si dou (相思豆), or "mutual love bean" (I don't know if they are known by the same name in Taiwan - perhaps someone out there knows).  I'm still not sure what I'm going to do with mine, but I sure love the color.

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