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 […]

Manilkara zapota produces fruits that contain medicinal properties

Manilkara zapota (Sapodilla, Sapote, Naseberry, Chicle Gum, Chiku in Malay) Sapodilla or Chicle Gum is cultivated for its sweet, juicy and fleshy fruits It is very popular in Southeast Asia. Grow this beauty if you wish to have a constant supply of its sweet fruits that have numerous health benefits.

Nephelium lappaceum is well known for its medicinal usage

Nephelium lappaceum (Rambutan, Hairy Lychee) Rambutan or Hairy Lychee is commercially grown for its edible and tasty fruits. The colourful fruits with sweet and juicy flesh can be round or oval-shaped. Besides, the Hairy Lychee is well known for its medicinal usage.