Dendrophthoe pentandra produces red berries that persist on the plant for a very long time

Dendrophthoe pentandra (Malayan Mistletoe, Mango Mistletoe, Mistletoe Plant) Malayan Mistletoe or Mango Mistletoe is a parasitic, woody and  dioecious shrub. This plant has been used for traditional medicine. Grow this beauty to enjoy its brilliantly coloured red berries that persist on the plant for a very long time.

Metroxylon sagu is an important plant grown for its edible starch

Metroxylon sagu (Bataua Palm, Seje Palm, Pataua Palm, Ungurahui) It has been said that where Metroxylon sagu grows, nobody ever goes hungry. It is an important plant economically grown throughout tropical Asia as a source of edible starch accumulated in its stem in large amounts. An impressive palm with new leaves in brilliant red and […]

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 […]

Synsepalum dulcificum contains miraculin that when eaten, makes sour or bitter food taste sweet

Synsepalum dulcificum (Miracle Fruit, Miracle Berry, Miraculous Berry, Flavour/Sweet Berry Miracle Fruit or Miraculous Berry is highly prized by chefs who delve in molecular gastronomy. Its vibrant red fruits contain miraculin, a taste-modifying, protein-based molecule that when eaten, almost miraculously changes the taste of sour or bitter food to taste as sweet as sugar. The […]

Brassica pekinensis is one of the most important vegetables in China and Japan

Brassica pekinensis (Chinese Cabbage, Napa Cabbage, Peking Cabbage, Celery Cabbage) Chinese Cabbage or Napa Cabbage is one of the most important vegetables grown in China and Japan. It is widely cultivated in the above-mentioned countries for its edible leaves and stem. Plant Peking Cabbage in your garden as you will be ensured that they are […]