Monthly Archives: November 2010

Achira and Arracacha

Lost Crops of the Incas Achira/Queensland arrowroot/ Canna edulis Another food plant from the Incas with archeological evidence of human use is from 3,500 years ago. Canna edulis is native to the Andean region in South America. The small towns of Palmira … Continue reading

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Alba/ Earring flower /Fuchsia boliviana alba

Did you know that fuchsia produces an edible berry which is good for making jam? It never occurred to me until today that some people didn’t know fuchsias are edible. Oh yes – I am pleased to inform you that … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a quick note to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! THE  REAL  STORY OF THANKSGIVING *by Susan Bates* Who Was Squanto? Thanksgiving is a bigger concept than just the story of the founding of the Plymouth Plantation. Most of us … Continue reading

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Nogal Morado/Pecan/ Carya Illinoinensis

Thanksgiving is coming, Hurray! Yes, Thanksgiving is just down the corner. As usual, my mind draws up an internal list of all the things I have to be thankful for. At the same time my brain storming  what recipes I  … Continue reading

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November Bake Quest #1

You’re currently reading “November Bake Quest,” an entry submitted to Life in the Sonoran Desert. I know, I know pears are not a Mesoamerican fruits. Bosc Pears have an interesting and, as yet, not completely resolved history. Some claim the … Continue reading

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Rosa Mosqueta/Rosehip/Rosa Aff. Rubiginosa

Ever seen a Rose hip? That’s that big seed pod that forms on rose canes after it blossoms. Isn’t Mother Nature so marvelous – to make such beautiful and delicious things like Rosehips? One of my favorite ways to use … Continue reading

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Mamey/ Mammee Apple/Mammea americana

Mamey! Mmmm, one of my favourite, favourite fruits to eat! Yum Yummy …it will lure you to try it. Mammee, also known as mamey, mammee apple, and South American apricot, is a tropical tree that produces edible fruit. Its species is … Continue reading

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Sapote/ Mammee Sapote /Pouteria Sapota

What on earth is a Sapote? It is Sapote or isn’t? I’m sure everyone who has been in Miami has experienced un Batido de Sapote (Sapote milkshake). If you haven’t, then you are missing a taste and flavor of a … Continue reading

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Papaya/Tree Melon/Carica Papaya

Once considered and exotic fruit, the papaya is perhaps the most popular fruit grown in tropical and sub tropical countries. More than an exotic fruit, papaya has improved the overall health of many people and has become recognized as one … Continue reading

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Caraguata/Pinuela//Bromelia Pinguin

The Autumn season is official as we passed the Autumn Equinox…and that colder and rainy weather is here. Winter is coming our way. How do you feel about the colder months ahead? As the winter approaches and the change in … Continue reading

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