Nelumbo nucifera provides edible fruits, leaves, flowers, stems, rhizomes and seeds

Nelumbo nucifera (Indian Lotus, Sacred Lotus, Sacred Water Lily, Egyptian Bean, Lotus, Teratai in Malay) Indian Lotus or Egyptian Bean provides edible fruits, young leaves, flowers, stems, rhizomes and seeds. It is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. Nelumbo nucifera is the national flower of India and Vietnam.

Raphanus sativus is mainly grown for its large, succulent and edible root veggie

Raphanus sativus (Chinese/Japanese White Radish, Oriental/Cultivated Radish, Giant White Radish, Daikon, Lobak Putih 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 […]

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.

Averrhoa carambola produces edible fruits that are crunchy, firm and extremely juicy

Averrhoa carambola (Star Fruit, Starfruit Carambola, Caramba, Country Gooseberry, Belimbing Manis in Malay) The flesh of Averrhoa carambola or Country Gooseberry is crunchy, firm and extremely juicy. Starfruit does not contain fibers and has a texture similar in consistency to that of grapes and usually eaten as is. Fresh fruits may be used in cooking and […]