Annona muricata’s pulp is popularly used to make smoothies and sorbets

Annona muricata (Soursop, Prickly Custard Apple, Durian Belanda in Malay)

Captivating fruit of Annona muricata (Soursop, Prickly Custard Apple, Durian Belanda in Malay) attached on its greyish stem, 22 Oct 2017Soursop or Prickly Custard Apple is grown for its 20-30 cm long, prickly and green fruit which can have a mass of up to 6.8 kg

Its pulp is popularly used to make fruit nectar, smoothies, fruit juice drinks as well as candies, sorbets and ice cream flavorings.
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Alocasia cuprea has dramatic foliage that’s a mix of copper and deep green

Alocasia cuprea (Giant Caladium, Elephant’s Ear, Jewel Alocasia)

Mesmerising leaf of Alocasia cuprea (Giant Caladium, Elephant's Ear, Jewel Alocasia) tinged with light pink and deep green, 29 Oct 2017Giant Caladium or Elephant’s Ear is popularly grown for its dramatic, distinctive and enduring foliage.

Foliage is shaped like an arrowhead and is a mix of copper and deep green with a silvery sheen veined pattern to them.

It is one of the ‘Jewel Alocasias’ that is highly sought after by collectors of rare plants.

An exotic Alocasia that will simply be outstanding in a garden landscape, to say the least.
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Paphiopedilum barbatum has become the desire of many orchid enthusiasts

Paphiopedilum barbatum (Slipper Orchid, Bearded Paphiopedilum, Lady’s Slipper)

Captivating flower of Paphiopedilum barbatum (Slipper Orchid, Bearded Paphiopedilum, Lady's Slipper), 1 Aug 2009The amazing beauty and uniqueness of the Slipper Orchid or Bearded Paphiopedilum has become the desire of many enthusiasts of orchids.

It was first discovered on Mount Ophir in Sumatra, growing in granite rock crevices containing moss and decaying leaves. It inhabits areas where plentiful rainfall and high humidity ensure that the roots are always moist.

Paphiopedilum barbatum or Slipper Orchid is assessed as endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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Ipomoea batatas is an important food crop or staple food in many countries

Ipomoea batatas (Sweet Potato, Ipomoea batatas (Sweet Potato, Sweet Potato Vine, Keledek in Malay) in brown skin and red flesh, 7 Nov 2017Sweet Potato Vine, Keledek in Malay)

Sweet Potato is widely cultivated for its storage roots as it is an important food crop in many regions around the world.

In Malaysia and Singapore, an assortment of colourful sweet potatoes are popularly cooked in coconut milk as ‘bubur cha cha’ with yams, pearled sago, bananas, black-eyed peas and flavoured with pandan leaves. It can be served hot or cold.
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Moringa oleifera is popularly grown for its bean-like pods and are cooked as veggie

Moringa oleifera (Drumstick Tree, Horseradish Tree, Ben Oil Tree)

Recently harvested young fruits of Moringa oleifera (Drumstick Tree, Horseradish Tree, Ben Oil Tree), 27 Oct 2017Drumstick Tree or Horseradish Tree is popularly grown for its bean-like pods and are cooked as veggie.

Besides, these edible green, three-angled, long and slender fruits of Drumstick Tree are especially used in Indian cuisine.
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