Slow boat to a wet harvest in Phnom Penh

Paddling carefully, Cambodian farmers use boats to harvest water mimosa plants at this farm in Phnom Penh.

These plants are often considered a nuisance as they grow quickly, forming a thick carpet over water surfaces, which can sometimes choke waterways. In Cambodia, however, the young leaves, shoot tips and pods of the plant are a common sight in Cambodian dishes - eaten raw in a salad or used in stir-fries and curries.

Water mimosa is cultivated much like rice, in wet conditions.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 14, 2019, with the headline 'Slow boat to a wet harvest'. Print Edition | Subscribe