Category Archives: Fruits

Finding the kernel of truth

Ever wondered where the expression “a kernel of truth” comes from? It is fascinating to me that “truth” is associated with plant kernels. Why this association? Is “truth” hard? Or is “truth” hard to find? Perhaps then, another question could … Continue reading

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How to be a superweed?

An extraordinary weed with unchallenged vitality When ecologists study the biological traits of plants they often think in terms of trade-offs. An investment in one trait means less resources to invest in another. As an ecologist therefore, I was rather … Continue reading

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The fruit that changed Mexico

Fruits known as sapotes, are now probably reasonably well-known in tropical regions. The term “sapote” actually has Aztec orgins (from Nahuatl tzapotl). While it would make sense that the term “sapote” should refer to fruits from the plant family Sapotaceae, … Continue reading

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Digging the chocolate pudding fruit (Diospyros digyna)

After almost three years of being in the Wet Tropics of Australia, I finally got to try my first chocolate pudding fruit (Diospyros digyna). This fruit tree from the Ebony family (Ebenaceae) is native to Mexico and Central America, but … Continue reading

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A Jabuticaba feast and a fantasy of luscious black eyes

When you live in the tropics, life frequently brings you new fruits to try. Life brought me the Jabuticaba, at last, last week at Rusty’s market. I had blogged previously about the Jabuticaba in a post on the “Fruity Delights … Continue reading

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Chewing betel nuts – a foray into an ancient practice

Culture catches up with me The chewing of betel nuts (Areca catechu) is a very ancient practice in Asia, and there is some evidence that suggests that this practice has been around for some 4000 years or so. Having grown … Continue reading

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The Durian Theory and the first Tropical Trees

How did the first tropical trees look like? The Call to Speculation In July 1944, botanist Edred John Henry Corner found a fruit on the forest floor in a patch of virgin forest on Singapore island and was stumped. It … Continue reading

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