On Saturday the 15th of March the Tropical Biodiversity Glasshouse project had the pleasure of hosting families from the Talfourd Avenue group. They kindly agreed to come test our new (and hopefully improved) glasshouse tour, which was designed and created … Continue reading
Posted in Countries, Fish, Hands-on, Interactive, Labelling, Learning and Teaching, Pond, Technology, Water Plants
Tagged banana, carnivorous plant, community education, Kinaesthetic learning, local visits, teaching and learning, Tropical biodiversity, Tropical Crops, Tropical food plants, water hyacinth, zingiberaceae
Records dating as far back as 600BC note that turmeric can cure anything from a sore throat to cancer. But are these just old wives’ tales or is turmeric as medically useful as they claim..?
Posted in Asia
Tagged Anti-cancer, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Curcumin, Folklore, India, medicinal plants, MSc Plant Diversity, Traditional Medicine, Turmeric, zingiberaceae
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