Yangmei, also known as Yumberry is a Chinese fruit. The fruit ripens on the tree during the summer months, with a very narrow window of only a few weeks to ripen. The tree is an evergreen, with pale silvery bark and slender green leaves. It is a subtropical tree and is used for ornaments.
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Xeronema Callistemonis a species of flowering plant endemic to the Poor Knights Island and Taranga Island in the north of New Zealand. It was discovered in 1924. It looks like a sideways giant bottle-brush of red flowers with orange pollen. It grows on sea cliffs, requires a lot of water and is pollinated by birds and butterflies.
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Martynia is a plant native to Mexico. It is also know as cats claw, devils claw and unicorn plant. It’s pods are used in pickles. It has the flavor of okra and stems are used mostly as basket weaving material.
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Kadsura is a woody vine native to Western China and parts of Japan. It has an edible fruit that looks like a single red blackberry. It’s stem is used in traditional Chinese medicines.
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Jicama is a Mexican vine that grows a tuberous root known as a Mexican turnip or Mexican yam bean. The mature seed pods look like green beans but the mature pods are toxic. It’s the root that’s edible.
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Hydnora Africana, This is one of those rare plants that would make one have nightmares. It would make “little shop of horrors” proud. It is a parasitic plant that attaches itself to the roots of other plants and stinks.
It’s said the fruit of this plant tastes pretty good but I don’t think I’d ever try it unless someone didn’t tell me what it was.
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Every time I have ever felt a little stressed or just wanted to unwind, I’ve reached for the chamomile tea. It’s been known for thousands of years as a traditional medicine to calm the stomach and ease anxiety…add a little honey to that and you have a yummy beverage as well.
Chamomile is a common name for several different daisy-like flowers, not all of them are used in making chamomile teas. When using chamomile, be aware that it can have some drug interactions and may cause allergic reactions in some because of allergies similar to ragweed.
Before making anything with chamomile, be informed, read about it.