A Detailed guide to Durian

An image of Durian from inside out

Durian fruit belongs to the species known as the genus Durio. 30 recognized Durio species out of which nine produce edible fruits. There are 300 named varieties in Thailand and 100 in Malaysia. Durian recognized as the king of fruits is due to its distinctive large size, strong odor, and thorn-covered skin. … Read more

Everything you need to know about Duku Fruit

A basket full of Duku fruit

Duku has got many names in different languages such as lansiumparasiticum, which is known as langsat. In English, they call it lanzones or longkong. Indonesians call it Duku, and Malay call it dokong. Duku is a species of Meliaceae or Mahogany tree family that produce edible fruits. This species is native to … Read more

A Guide to Leucaena Leucocephala

LeucaenaLeucocephala

LeucaenaLeucocephala, also known as the coffee bush, is a small mimosoid tree native to Northern Central America and Southern Mexico. This small tree is very fast growing and is naturalized along the tropics. Other common names of this plant are; ipil-ipil, white leadtree, river tamarind, jumbay and white popinac. Physical Description LeucaenaLeucocephala … Read more

A Guide to Growing Watercress

Watercress plant

Watercress is a leafy green plant that usually grows in the water of natural springs. It belongs to the family of cruciferous plants, including arugula, kale, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli. This water vegetable is one of the ancient greens which might have also been a part of the Roman soldiers’ diet. It … Read more

What is Water Spinach, and What Are its Uses?

OngChoy water spinach

Water spinach, known by the scientific name Ipomoea Aquatica, is a member of the Morning glory family (Convolvulaceae). It belongs to the genus Ipomoea batatas, the same as the sweet potato. Moreover, water spinach is a semi-aquatic or herbaceous aquatic perennial plant of the subtropics and tropics regions. It has two significant … Read more

Using Pomegranate to Improve Our Skin: A How-To Guide

An opened pomegranate

The pomegranate has recently been booted up to superfood status. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the antioxidant content in pomegranates is at least three times the levels present green tea and red wine. The refreshing and tart or sweet taste of this fruit would have been enough to make it … Read more

The Ultimate Guide for Growing Langsat

a bunch of fresh langsats in a bucket

Langsat, taxonomically known as Lansiumparasiticum, is a species of fruit-carrying trees in the family Meliaceae. Native to Southeast Asia, this species is famous for its bright sweet-tangy tropical fruit. It is mainly cultivated in Malaysia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, India, and Brunei. It is also commonly referred to as lanzones and … Read more

The Benefits of Melinjo

colorful melinjos

The melinjo fruit stemmed from Native Indonesia. Belonging to the Gnetaceae family, the fruit has been scientifically classified as GnetumGnemon. It is cultivated from Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Vanuata, to China. It has a very distinct flavor, with a nudge of bitterness that creates a unique flavor profile. Melinjo’s tree can reach up … Read more

Everything to Know About Matoa

a matoa tree

Matoa is a fruit, scientifically called pometiapinnata. It is mostly found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and in other countries in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. This delicious fruit grows during the monsoon season. It grows best in soil that is dry and layered thickly, with a hefty amount of rainfall to … Read more

Everything to Know About Key Lime

Image showing the beautiful green key limes on a plant.

Key limes are hybrid citrus fruits with a 1-2 inches wide spherical shape. It has a green color but becomes yellow when it matures. A ripe key lime, for its size, feels heavy. Key limes are very juicy and aromatic with a more acidic and stronger flavor than Persian limes. They are … Read more

What We Should Know About Ginseng

Tea powder with ginseng

Whether we’re looking at a new health supplement or an energy drink for a caffeine boost, it seems like everything contains some form of ginseng these days. Those who look for more natural alternatives to mainstream medication will also find ginseng as an ingredient in many ancient traditional medicinal practices. There are … Read more

Everything to Know About Kaffir Lily

the beautiful orange flowers of plant lily

Kaffir lily belongs to the family of Amaryllidaceae. With the scientific name of CliviaMiniata, kaffir lily originated in South Africa (Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, and KwaZulu-Natal provinces) and Swaziland. A few varieties of kaffir lily are also present in Japan, China, and California. As a beautiful flowering plant, kaffir lily is a great … Read more

A Complete Guide to Marrow Vegetable

Zucchini

Marrow, commonly called vegetable marrow in the UK, is a tender and light-skinned summer squash from Cucurbita pepo cultivators alongside pattypan and pumpkins. Marrow is originally a fruit; however, its term and mode of usage in the culinary makes it no less a vegetable. What is normally referred to as summer squash … Read more

Why You Should Be Drinking Roselle Tea

Roselle, or hibiscus flowers

When we talk about roselle tea, many people might not be familiar with this particular name. However, roselle is just a type of hibiscus flower. Hibiscus tea is quite popular with tea drinkers around the world for its color, flavor, and health benefits. This tea is made with hibiscus flowers, which are … Read more

What is Chayote, and what are its Health Benefits?

Chayote

Chayote, native to Mexico, is a thin-skinned squash. It is a member of the cucumber family (Cucurbitaceae). Technically, chayote is a fruit, but people consume it like a vegetable. All the parts of this bumpy green fruit are edible, including flowers, roots, skin, leaves, flesh, shoots, and seeds. You can eat it … Read more