Monthly Archives: May 2011

May Bake Quest #7

-You’re currently reading “April Bake Quest #7,” an entry submitted to Life in the Sonoran Desert. I love eggplant! Yabadabadoo!! I confess, I am addicted to eggplant. So when I say I am addicted. I am not kidding. I found … Continue reading

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Happy Memorial Day!

Ahhhh, Memorial Day, on this day and forever, may we never forget that the freedoms that we enjoy today are because of the sacrifices of those who gave their all. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by … Continue reading

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Lulo/Little orange /Solanum quitoense

The Naranjilla, Solanum quitoense is a tomato relative native to Peru, Ecuador, southern Colombia and Venezuela. It’s cultivated usually at high elevations, between three and seven thousand feet. It is known in Colombia as the “lulo,” as reflective of the … Continue reading

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Flor de mayo/ Lei flower/Plumeria frangipani

The Plumeria Frangipani is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and delightful plants grown in the world. The Mayans revered this fragrant tree for it was created by ‘akoch’, the father of the gods. From the flowers of the ‘bak … Continue reading

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The Multicultural Belize

Belize is an ancient land, in many ways a land that time forgot. It is an empty land, haunted by the “bones” of a vanished Mayan Empire. Less than 300,000 mostly English-speaking people occupy this sparsely populated country. Although some … Continue reading

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Anturio/Flamingo Flower/Anthurium scherzerianum

Warning: Anthurium flowers may be offensive to certain people. I know, but I have to respect people’s opinions. Yah know. The genus Anthurium represents the largest group of species in this family. With over 600 species that originate in the … Continue reading

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Maiz morado/Purple corn/Zea mays L. ‘Kculli’

Corn was in connection with many great cultures in the New World such as the Inca, Maya and Aztec civilizations. Nowadays several North American Indian tribes – Zuni, Hopi, Navajo – prefer purple corn. The Southwestern American Indian tribes used … Continue reading

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Cacari/Camu-camu/Myrciaria dubia

Have you ever heard of the Camu Camu fruit? This one in particular comes from Peru; it’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods and provides 50 times more vitamin C than an orange. It is very powerful in boosting the … Continue reading

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Guayabo/Pineapple Guava/Feijoa sellowiana

Feijoa sellowiana, is an evergreen shrub native to Northern Argentina, Southern Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. It is the best known of only 3 species in the genus which the German botanist, Ernst Berger, named after Don da Silva Feijoa, a … Continue reading

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Mashwa /Mashua/Tropaeolum tuberosum

Mashua, Tropaeolum tuberosum is probably the Andean region’s fourth most important root crop – after Potato, Oca, and Ulluco. Its cultivation is thought to have been spread by pre-Columbian migrations to Colombia and northern Argentina and Chile. Mashua is an … Continue reading

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