Ipomoea batatas is an important food crop or staple food in many countries

Ipomoea batatas (Sweet Potato, Sweet Potato Vine, Keledek in Malay) Sweet Potato is widely cultivated for its storage roots as it is an important food crop in many regions around the world. In Malaysia and Singapore, an assortment of colourful sweet potatoes are popularly cooked in coconut milk as ‘bubur cha cha’ with yams, pearled […]

Durio zibethinus is named the ‘King of Fruits’ in Southeast Asia for its exotic taste

Durio zibethinus (Durian, Common Durian, Civet Fruit, Durian Kampong in Malay) Durian is named the ‘King of Fruits’ in Southeast Asia where it is commonly found and highly regarded by the population with hundreds of cultivars available. An intriguing and complex tree that produces edible fruits with creamy flesh texture and strong odour that is unique […]

Cucurbita moschata is grown for its edible young flowers, leaves, shoot tips and seeds

Cucurbita moschata (Pumpkin, Butternut Pumpkin, Butternut/Winter Squash, Cheese Pumpkin) Butternut Pumpkin or Winter Squash is a herbaceous, creeping and vine-like annual that trails along the ground or climbs by tendrils. It is popularly grown for its edible young flowers, leaves, shoot tips and seeds.

Ananas comosus is one of the most popular edible fruits in the world

Ananas comosus (Pineapple, Nanas in Malay) Pineapple is a shallow-rooted tropical plant that produces showy flowers and edible fruits. It is one of the most popular fruits in the world and grown commercially for their excellent fruits. Besides, they are grown ornamentally as landscape plants.

Pereskia sacharosa is a herbal plant with medicinal properties

Pereskia sacharosa (Needle Seven Blade, Seven Star Needle, Rose Cactus, Tree Cancer, Jarum Tujuh Bilah in Malay) It is without any doubt that Seven Star Needle or Rose Cactus is one of the most interesting, unusual and exotic genera of cacti. A free-flowering perennial plant that produces highly ornamental flowers throughout the year in Malaysia, […]