Sauropus androgynus is one of the most popular leaf vegetables in Southeast Asia

Sauropus androgynus (Star Gooseberry, Sweet Leaf Bush, Sabah Vegetable, Katuk, Sayur Manis in Malay) Star Gooseberry or Sweet Leaf Bush is one of the most popular leaf vegetables in Southeast Asia. In Indonesia, the leaves of the plant are used to make infusion, believed to improve the flow of breast milk for breastfeeding mothers. Consumption […]

Platostoma palustre is often canned and sold in Asian markets

Platostoma palustre (Grass Jelly, Black Jelly, Chinese Mesona, Chin Chow, Black Cincau, Leung Fan in Chinese) Chinese Mesona or Black Cincau is a very popular and sweet drink in China and neighbouring Asian countries which yields the Black Jelly. The plants are boiled in water containing potassium carbonate. The juice is cooked and then cooled […]

Oenocarpus bataua is highly recommended as an oil and fruit crop

Oenocarpus bataua (Bataua Palm, Seje Palm, Pataua Palm, Ungurahui) Seje Palm or Pataua Palm is a very attractive, evergreen and fast-growing palm. A multipurpose tree, it is highly recommended for cultivation as an oil and fruit crop. Its thin and oily mesocarp has chocolate-like taste and is very popular. Usually found in the tropical rainforests […]

Zea mays has become a staple food in many parts of the world

Zea mays (Maize, Corn, Sweet Corn, Indian Corn, Jagung in Malay) Maize or Corn has become a staple food in many parts of the world, with total production surpassing that of wheat or rice. It is a valuable cereal, food and fodder crop. The United States of America is the largest producer of corn in […]

Piper nigrum is considered the King of Spices as it’s the most used spices in the world

Piper nigrum (Black Pepper, Common Pepper, Pepper Vine/Plant, White/Madagascar Pepper, Lada Hitam in Malay) Madagascar Pepper is considered the King of Spices as it’s the most widely used spices in the world. This hotly pungent spice is used as flavouring for savoury foods, meat dishes, sauces and snack foods. Besides, it is popularly used as a […]