The Date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) is grown throughout the arid and semiarid regions of the world, particularly in West Asia and North Africa. It is well adapted to the desert environment, where a dry and warm climate is important … Continue reading
We grow two types of banana in the tropical glasshouse, the pink, seed containing, Musa dasycarpa, and the much larger edible banana with small yellow seedless fruit for which we do not know the cultivar.
If you’ve ever bought an avocado, you’ll know it’s one of those fruits which seems to take forever to ripen. Botanically, the fruit of the avocado is actually a berry with a single (very large) seed. Both of these facts are connected to an interesting evolutionary relationship…. … Continue reading
Posted in Crops, Evolution, Mexico, Neotropics, Species, Students
Tagged Alligator pear, Avocado, Colombian exchange, crop diversity, evolutionary anachronism, Herbarium RNG, Lauraceae, Persea americana Mill., Superfood
In the cold, wet, dreary days of a British winter, a warming spice from a tropical country may be just the thing to lift the spirits. Valued both as a spice and as a medicinal herb in India and … Continue reading
Posted in Asia, Crops, Species, Students
Tagged Adraka (fresh), ayurveda, Chiang, China, culinary, ginger, glasshouse, India, Jeung, Jiang, Keong, medicinal, Nagavi, Rhizoma zingiberis, rhizome, Sang Keong, Shen Jiang, Shunthi (dried), spice, tropical, zingiber, Zingiber officinale, zingiberaceae
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“I put a few between my teeth and crunched. They cracked like coriander releasing a billowing aroma, and then a slowly intensifying heat, like pepper at the back of my mouth. The taste changes in a second. The heat lingered. … Continue reading
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A lot has been written about Aframomum melegueta and it has been said to be the scientific name for both Alligator pepper and Grains of Paradise. However, the two are completely different species of Aframomum. Let’s know a little about A. … Continue reading
Now that winter is on our doorstep, some of us like to think of warmer places. Wouldn’t it be nice to spend December in a tropical country? I like to imagine what a traditional Christmas meal could be in a … Continue reading
Posted in Crops, Learning and Teaching, Neotropics, People, Students
Tagged Araceae, Cocoyam, edible, MSc Plant Diversity, Sara Barrios, Taxonomy, Tropical biodiversity, tropical crop, Tropical Crops, Tropical food plants, Xanthosoma sagittifolium