Category Archives: Plant Foods

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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Pistachios and the Pistachio Principle

I was grazing on Pistachios one day and contemplating on the amount of awareness I have on the plants that I eat. Before this, all I knew of Pistachios was that they are related to mangoes (Mangifera spp.) which is … 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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An eye for the Chinese Senna

Encounter with the Chinese Senna Many years back on a lone botanizing trip in a nature spot in Singapore, I crossed paths with a weedy shrub which I recognized to be a species of Cassia. It was a plain looking … Continue reading

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The tree of truce – the Bunya Pine

One of the most beautiful stories between man and plant must come from those between the Bunya Pine (Araucaria bidwillii) and the indigenous peoples of South-east Queensland. The Bunya Pine is a huge imposing tree attaining 30-45 metres in height, … Continue reading

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