Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Tapioca

Tapioca is a starch extracted from Manihot esculenta. This species, native to the Amazon, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, and most of the West Indies, is now cultivated worldwide and has many names, including cassava, manioc, aipim, bitter-cassava, boba, mandioca, macaxeira, manioca, tapioca plant, yuca ˈjuːka) (not to be confused with yucca). In India, the term "Tapioca" is used to represent the root of the plant (Cassava), rather than the starch.
Tapioca

Tapioca

Tapioca

Tapioca

Tapioca

Tapioca

Tapioca

Tapioca

Friday, December 21, 2012

Coffee Cherry.

A coffee bean is a seed of a coffee plant. It is the pit inside the red or purple fruit often referred to as a cherry. Even though they are seeds, they are referred to as 'beans' because of their resemblance to true beans. The fruits - coffee cherries or coffee berries - most commonly contain two stones with their flat sides together. A small percentage of cherries contain a single bean, instead of the usual two. This is called a peaberry. Like brazil nuts and white rice, coffee beans consist mostly of endosperm.
Coffee Cherry

Coffee Cherry

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Nutmeg

The nutmeg tree is any of several species of trees in genus Myristica. The most important commercial species is Myristica fragrans, an evergreen treeindigenous to the Banda Islands in the Moluccas (or Spice Islands) of Indonesia. The nutmeg tree is important for two spices derived from the fruit: nutmeg and mace.
Nutmeg

Nutmeg

Nutmeg

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Pepper plant with peppercorns

Black pepper (Piper nigrum) is a flowering vine in the family Piperaceae, cultivated for its fruit, which is usually dried and used as a spice and seasoning. The fruit, known as a peppercorn when dried, is approximately 5 millimetres (0.20 in) in diameter, dark red when fully mature, and, like all drupes, contains a single seed. Peppercorns, and the powdered pepper derived from grinding them, may be described simply as pepper, or more precisely as black pepper (cooked and dried unripe fruit), green pepper (dried unripe fruit) and white pepper (dried ripe seeds).
Pepper plant with peppercorns
Pepper plant with immature peppercorns
Pepper plant with peppercorns
Pepper plant with peppercorns

Pepper plant with peppercorns
Pepper plant with peppercorns

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Banana Trees....

Banana is the common name for herbaceous plants of the genus Musa and for the fruit they produce. Bananas come in a variety of sizes and colors when ripe, including yellow, purple, and red.

Banana Trees

Banana Trees

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Irumban Puli or Averrhoa Bilimbi or Olumbikka

Averrhoa bilimbi (commonly known as bilimbi, cucumber tree, or tree sorrel) is a fruit-bearing tree of the genus Averrhoa, family Oxalidaceae. It is a close relative of the carambola. The tree and fruit are known by different names in different languages.
Irumban Puli

Irumban Puli

Irumban Puli

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Papaya (or papaw or pawpaw)

The papaya (from Carib via Spanish), papaw, or pawpaw is the fruit of the plant Carica papaya, the sole species in the genus Carica of the plant family Caricaceae. It is native to the tropics of the Americas, and was first cultivated in Mexico several centuries before the emergence of the Mesoamerican classical civilizations.
Papaya

Papaya

Papaya

Papaya

Papaya

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Breadfruit - Kadachakka

 Breadfruit trees - Kada plavu
Breadfruit - Kadachakka

Breadfruit, Kadachakka

Breadfruit, Kadachakka

Breadfruit, Kadachakka


Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) is a species of flowering tree in the mulberry family, Moraceae, growing throughout Southeast Asia and most Pacific Ocean islands. Its name is derived from the texture of the cooked fruit, which has a potato-like flavor, similar to fresh-baked bread.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Cheera (Kerala Red Spinach)

Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is an edible flowering plant in the family of Amaranthaceae. It is native to central and southwestern Asia. It is an annual plant (rarely biennial), which grows to a height of up to 30 cm.

Cheera Kerala Red Spinach

Cheera Kerala Red Spinach

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Bitter Gourd

Momordica charantia, called bitter melon or bitter gourd in English, is a tropical and subtropical vine of the family Cucurbitaceae, widely grown in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean for its edible fruit, which is among the most bitter of all fruits. There are many varieties that differ substantially in the shape and bitterness of the fruit.

Bitter Gourd

Bitter Gourd

Bitter Gourd

Bitter Gourd



Thursday, July 26, 2012

Spider....

Spiders (order Araneae) are air-breathing arthropods that have eight legs and chelicerae with fangs that inject venom. They are the largest order of arachnids and rank seventh in total species diversity among all other groups of organisms.

Spider

Spider

Spider

Spider