Metroxylon sagu is an important plant grown for its edible starch

Metroxylon sagu (Bataua Palm, Seje Palm, Pataua Palm, Ungurahui) It has been said that where Metroxylon sagu grows, nobody ever goes hungry. It is an important plant economically grown throughout tropical Asia as a source of edible starch accumulated in its stem in large amounts. An impressive palm with new leaves in brilliant red and […]

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.

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 […]

Salix discolor with its many buds make it a favourite flower for Lunar New Year

Salix discolor (American Pussy Willow, American Willow, Large Pussy Willow, Pussy Willow, Glaucous Willow) American Pussy Willow or Glaucous Willow prefers moist to wet soils. Thus, it is common to find this shrub in wet ditches, meadows, swamps, marshes and along the banks of streams and lakes. It is extremely popular for the catkins that […]

Manihot esculenta is one of the most important tropical food crops in the world

Manihot esculenta (Tapioca, Cassava, Brazilian Arrowroot, Yuca, Ubi Kayu in Malay) Tapioca or Cassava is the third largest source of food carbohydrates in the tropics, after rice and maize. It is one of the most important staple food crops in the developing world and provides a basic diet for over half a billion people.