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 […]

Astrantia major produces unique flowers that come in a wide variety of colours

Astrantia major (Greater Masterwort, Great Black Masterwort, Melancholy Gentlemen) Greater Masterwort or Melancholy Gentlemen produces unique and gorgeous flowers that come in a wide variety of colours. Its group of tightly packed florets that are backed by petal-like bracts makes the flowers look very much like a star or a firework.

Diospyros kaki produces sweet and tasty edible orange fruits

Diospyros kaki (Asian Persimmon, Japanese Persimmon, Oriental Persimmon, Buah Pisang Kaki in Malay) Chinese White Radish or Giant White Radish is primarily grown for its large, succulent and edible root vegetable. Turnip cake made with Chinese white radish is a traditional Lunar New Year dish. Growing wild, they are regarded as invasive species in many regions.

Grammatophyllum speciosum is the world’s tallest orchid with specimens up to 7.62 m tall

Grammatophyllum speciosum (Giant Orchid, Tiger Orchid, Sugar Cane Orchid, Queen of the Orchids) Giant Orchid or the Queen of the Orchids is listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s tallest orchid with specimens up to 7.62 m tall. Queen of the Orchids, the largest orchid species in the world is cultivated as […]

Brassica rapa var. rapifera is one of the oldest vegetables cultivated by Man

Brassica rapa var. rapifera (Turnip, White Turnip, Turnip Rape) Turnip or White Turnip is one of the oldest vegetables cultivated by Man. It is a root vegetable commonly grown worldwide for its edible white and bulbous taproot. Besides, it is well known for its traditional medicine.