Did you know that the odour and taste of the Monodora myristica seed is similar to nutmeg and it is used as a popular spice in the West African cuisine?
Calabash nutmeg - Monodora myristica
Monodora myristica, the calabash nutmeg, is a tropical tree of the family Annonaceae or custard apple family of flowering plants. It is native to Angola, Benin, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, the Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda. In former times, its seeds were widely sold as an inexpensive nutmeg substitute. This is now less common outside its region of production. Other names of calabash nutmeg include Jamaican nutmeg, African nutmeg, ehuru, ariwo, awerewa, ehiri, airama, African orchid nutmeg, muscadier de Calabash and lubushi.
Calabash nutmeg forms a large branching tree with a grey-barked trunk and can reach 35 m high and 2 m in diameter
in nature. It has a clear trunk and branches horizontally. It has large leaves (35 cm long and 18 cm wide) at the end of its branches. The leaves are purple at first but turn a smooth deep green on the upper side with paler green underneath. They are prominently veined and the petiole (leaf stem) is purplish.
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Bottle Gourd. Α multi purpose utensil 10.000
The Bottle Gourd is one of the oldest know cultivated plant and has been used by man for both functional and decorative objects all over the world throughout history and is believed to have spanned the entire globe in prehistoric
times. It was known mostly by cultures in temperate and tropical zones because this is where gourd grow
best. Today Bottle Gourd is still considered one of nature's greatest gifts to
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The very first
ancient documents about plants (Babylonian souces, the Old Testament,
Homers's works) that came down on us regarded plants mainly under the
aspects of utility and medicinal use. No one knows when herbs were
first collected in the wild or planted in gardens, but Egyptian records
dating back to 2800 BC show herbs were being prescribed as medicine, and
being used for food, cosmetics, perfumes, and dyes. It's obvious that
Μediteranean region is the place in which the sience of botany was born.
For that reason mediterranean herbs takes an extremely important part in the
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A favorite shrub, the gardenia has
very fragrant creamy-white flowers and glossy, dark-green leaves. The genus Gardenia
is believed to have been named after Alexander Garden, a physician in Charleston,
South Carolina, during colonial days. Gardenias are a member of the family
Rubiaceae and belong to the genus Gardenia. There are over 200 species of
Gardenias. One species is of primary importance: Gardenia jasminoides
containing many cultivars.Gardenia jasminoides is native to China
although most named cultivars have arisen in cultivation. Click on the
Yes, flowers can be
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jelly and jams, and made into flower waters! It's true, that it is not
for the ordinary, but it is fun for that special event or celebration
party! We will start this section with a variety of things you can do
with particuliar flowers, and then follow with a list of flowers than
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Save money for flowers on a wedding
Anyone who has ever itemized the cost of a wedding knows the flower
bill can go through the roof. A fancy bouquet for the bride can run as
much as a wedding ring but it's not enough. By the time you add
bouquets for the bridesmaids, flower baskets for the flower girls,
corsages for the mothers, boutonnieres for the men, centerpieces for
the banquet and gift tables and a bouquet to toss to single
girlfriends, the tab can easily soar too high. Click
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