Uses of Adenanthera pavonina include food and drink, traditional medicine and timber

Adenanthera pavonina (Red Lucky Seed, Acacia Coral, Curly Bean, Red Bead/Coral Bean Tree, Red Sandalwood, Peacock Flower Fence) Seeds of Adenanthera pavonina have long been a symbol of love in China and its name in Chinese is ‘xiang si dou’, translated as mutual love bean. Its uses include food and drink, traditional medicine and timber. […]

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.

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 […]

Brassica pekinensis is one of the most important vegetables in China and Japan

Brassica pekinensis (Chinese Cabbage, Napa Cabbage, Peking Cabbage, Celery Cabbage) Chinese Cabbage or Napa Cabbage is one of the most important vegetables grown in China and Japan. It is widely cultivated in the above-mentioned countries for its edible leaves and stem. Plant Peking Cabbage in your garden as you will be ensured that they are […]

Manilkara zapota produces fruits that contain medicinal properties

Manilkara zapota (Sapodilla, Sapote, Naseberry, Chicle Gum, Chiku in Malay) Sapodilla or Chicle Gum is cultivated for its sweet, juicy and fleshy fruits It is very popular in Southeast Asia. Grow this beauty if you wish to have a constant supply of its sweet fruits that have numerous health benefits.