How to Effortlessly Pick Saga Seeds in Singapore and Impress a Girl With Them

I’m sure you know what saga seeds are — those scarlet, glossy and heart-shaped beads. Saga seeds symbolise love in many of these countries and are known as xiang si dou (相思豆) in Mandarin. That literally means ‘longing peas’. They are unique to certain parts of Southeast Asia, Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean Islands. Of course, Singapore is home to some of these trees!

Saga is actually the Malay name for it and this has been traced to the Arabic for ‘goldsmith’. What has the goldsmith got to do with the tree? Interestingly, in the olden days, the seeds were commonly used to measure the weight of gold and silver. 4 seeds = 1g. And you know the seeds don’t lie because they have a uniform weight. Cool, huh?

Ring with Removable Saga Seed. Credit: Yuki Mitsuyasu

Would you like to pick some seeds today?

Well, if you have the heart, you will definitely be able to get them! Go with your friends, go with your family, go yourself — whatever. Follow the steps below and the seeds will find their way into your pockets!

1) Recognise how a saga tree looks like

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2) Understand where the trees are

Saga Trees in Singapore

3) Ready your materials

Plastic bags, insect repellent and, uhm, yourself (see, it’s not much!)

4) Look out for the trees and search the ground!

Chant in your head, “Where are ‘em seeds, where are ‘em seeds?” — focus is key!

5) Take, take, take!

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Be careful they don’t spill out! Although these are Mother Nature’s gifts to you, as well-mannered children…

6) … we say ‘thanks’!

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Place some into a mini glass bottle, insert a short note and cap with a cork. Gift that precious creation to that person who means something to you.

She can place it by her bed, or hang it on her bag. Whatever it is, she will be reminded of your love for her.

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