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 […]

Aucuba japonica has been given the Award of Garden Merit

Aucuba japonica (Spotted Laurel, Japanese Laurel, Japanese Aucuba, Gold Dust Plant) Spotted Laurel or Japanese Aucuba is often grown for its variegated foliage. Grow this beauty to enjoy its brilliantly coloured red berries that persist on the plant for a very long time. The Royal Horticultural Society has given Aucuba japonica the Award of Garden […]

Cymbidium’s long-lasting flowering has become the desire of many orchid enthusiasts and hybridisers

Cymbidium hybrids (Boat Orchid, Cymbidium Orchid) Boat Orchid’s beautiful and exotic flowers are usually large in size and display a patterned lip. The blooms can last anywhere from 8-10 weeks and they come in almost all colours except blue. Its longevity of flowering has become the desire of many orchid enthusiasts and hybridisers.

Solandra grandiflora produces fragrant and chalice-shaped flowers

Solandra grandiflora (Chalice Vine, Cup of Gold, Goldcup Vine, Golden Chalice Vine) Chalice Vine or Cup of Gold is a very captivating climber that produces ornamental, chalice-shaped and fragrant flowers. A free-flowering perennial vine that blooms year round. Fabulous when trained on pergolas and trellises with their huge and creamy yellow and golden flowers cascading […]