DDid ypu know that the raisin fruit of Hovenia dulcis it is not a true fruit but a swollen
Raisin Tree - Hovenia dulcis
Hovenia dulcis, also known as Japanese Raisin Tree or the oriental raisin tree, is a hardy tree found from
Asia, over Eastern China,
Japan and Korea to the Himalayas (up to altitudes of 2,000 m), growing preferably in a sunny position on moist sandy or loamy
soils. The tree has been introduced as an ornamental tree to several countries, and the fruit is also
edible. It belongs to the genus Hovenia of the family Rhamnaceae and is one of three species of
Hovenia, the other two being acerba and trichocarpa. This particular species,
dulcis, has two variants known as tomentella and koreana. Both variants of dulcis and acerba have been used as medicinal
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
mankind. Click on the image.
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
history of botany. Click on the image.
and Garden - Plants for your home
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
eaten! They can also be candied, frozen into ice rings, made into
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
can be devoured! Click
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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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