Porcupine Orange/Thai Bai Makrut (Citrus hystrix) 馬蜂橙

Porcupine Orange/Thai Bai Makrut (Citrus hystrix) 馬蜂橙

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Porcupine Orange/Thai Bai Makrut (Citrus hystrix) that aromatic leaves is one of the most important herbs in Thai cooking! 馬蜂橙香氣濃郁的葉片是泰式料理的重要香料之一!

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Porcupine Orange/Thai Bai Makrut (Citrus hystrix) fresh leaves with branches are sold in Asian supermarket. 馬蜂橙亞洲超市有賣新鮮帶枝的葉片.

Also known as Kaffir Lime.    Often grow for its aromatic foliage for spice/herb in Thai cuisine.  Egg size fruit is acidic and bitter.  Often seen in Asian supermarket herb aisle selling foliage with twigs.  Easy to grow.  Best growing in  full sun location.  Handle plant with care, this plant has sharp thorns.   White flowers with pinkish under side, major bloom in spring, very fragrant.  USDA Zones:10-11.  Mature size:8′-10′(H) X 3′-6′(W).  Propagate by seeds, cuttings or grafting.  Medicinal.

馬蜂橙是亞洲常見的料理用香料,常用於泰國料理. 果實酸且苦不能直接吃,但可將皮除去有苦味的白色內層後料理.  超市有賣小把小把的帶葉枝條. 它很容易栽種.  最好栽種在全日照處.  有長刺要小心安全.  春開白花,花背面是粉紅色的,花很香.  喜熱不耐寒.  成熟株高8-10呎,寬幅3-6呎.  以種子,扦插,壓條或嫁接方式來繁殖.  藥用.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

http://baike.baidu.com/view/4605427.htm     http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/67460/

Banana Passionfruit (Passiflora mollissima) 蕉形百香果

Banana Passionfruit (Passiflora mollissima) 蕉形百香果

You got to see its flowers and fruit image from those links below, so pretty!!  :)

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Banana Passionfruit (Passiflora mollissima) seeds. 蕉形百香果的種子.

This tropical fast growing passion fruit vine has very pretty pink flowers with long tube  dangling downwards bloom continuously.  Flowers attract bees, butterflies and birds.   With the oval long almost banana shape fruit when ripe it turns yellow.  Fruit are edible but usually are used for juice.  Easy to grow.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location.  USDA Zones:8-10.  Mature size:15′-20′(L)/(H) X 6′-8′(W).  Propagate by seeds, cuttings or layering.

這個原生於安地斯山的百香果藤是熱帶多年生藤類.  生長快速.  粉紅色向下開放的有著長管狀花朵持續不斷盛開.  花頗吸引蜂蝶鳥類.  橢圓長形如蕉.成熟轉黃,可食好吃但多做飲料用.  容易栽種.  最好是栽種在全日照到半日照處.  喜熱不甚耐寒.  成熟株高/藤長15-20呎,寬幅6-8呎.  繁殖方式以種子,扦插或壓條來進行.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_passionfruit  http://www.tradewindsfruit.com/content/banana-passion-fruit.htm   http://www.buyrareseeds.com/garden-s…-vine-t10.html

Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica) 南天竹

Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica) 南天竹

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Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica) ripe fruit in late fall/early winter. 南天竹秋末冬初的熟果.

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Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica) ripe fruit in late fall/early winter. Fruit in whole. (left), thin peel and dried seed(middle) and fresh opened seeds with flesh (right) 南天竹秋末冬初的熟果. 左邊是整顆的果實,中間是剝開外面薄皮後的乾掉種子,右為剛剝開的帶果肉的新鮮種子.

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Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica)

This shrub is mainly growing for its fall foliage and cut flower.  Easy to grow.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location.  Small white flowers in late spring to early summer.  Ripe red fruit in late fall to early winter, fruit attract birds to feed on.   USDA Zones:6-11.  Mature size:6′-8′(H) X 4′-6′(W).   Propagate by seeds, cuttings and layering.  Plant is toxic if ingested.

這種落葉灌木主要是種來賞秋葉及用它的紅果枝條為花材的.  容易栽種.  最好栽種在全日照到半日照的環境.  白色小花於春末夏初開放. 秋末冬初果實轉紅.  鳥類會來覓食其果.  喜熱尚耐寒.  成熟植株6-8呎,寬幅4-6呎.  繁殖方式以種子,扦插及壓條/高壓來進行.

Reference links:參考網站資料連結:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nandina                                       https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-tw/%E5%8D%97%E5%A4%A9%E7%AB%B9  http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1547/

Ghost Pepper ‘Bhut Jolokia’ (Capsicum chinense) 鬼椒

Ghost Pepper ‘Bhut Jolokia’ (Capsicum chinense) 鬼椒

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Ghost Pepper ‘Bhut Jolokia’ (Capsicum chinense) seeds. 鬼椒種子.

So hot, it has be used in food, as “fence" to keep mammal pest away and as weapon in the military use.  Handle plant with care, use rubber gloves!!   Use only small quantity!!   It is tender perennial.  Easy to grow though.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location.  Mature size:4′-6′(H)/(W).   Propagate by seeds or cuttings.  If you live in colder climate, you can treat it as annual or cut back the plant and over winter indoors.  Even though no mammal and no bugs will near it, the fruit though some birds will still come to get them.  Bird receptor cells are largely insensitive to capsaicin.  Some bird foods have hot peppers in them, birds do not feel the heat from chili pepper at all.

超級辣,辣到可用於食物料理,生物籬笆驅逐哺乳類動物及作為軍事用的武器.  要戴手套小心勿直接與皮膚接觸到!!  使用於食物需要用很少很少的量!!  它是不耐寒的多年生植物.  還蠻容易栽種的.  最好栽種在全日照到半日照處.  成熟株高/寬幅可達:4-6呎.  可以種子或扦插枝條來繁殖.  若是居住在溫帶較冷的地方可以將植株強剪後室內過冬.  雖然哺乳類動物對辣椒素很敏感.   鳥類因受體細胞無法感知辣椒素的關係,有的鳥類甚至於偏愛食用攙有辣椒的飼料.

Reference links:參考網站資料連結:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhut_jolokia                          https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E6%96%B7%E9%AD%82%E6%A4%92            http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/150102/

Portuguese Squill/Hyacinth of Peru (Scilla peruviana) 地中海綿棗兒/地中海藍鐘花

Portuguese Squill/Hyacinth of Peru (Scilla peruviana) 地中海綿棗兒/地中海藍鐘花

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Portuguese Squill/Hyacinth of Peru (Scilla peruviana) 地中海綿棗兒/地中海藍鐘花

 

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Portuguese Squill/Hyacinth of Peru (Scilla peruviana) 地中海綿棗兒/地中海藍鐘花

 

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Portuguese Squill/Hyacinth of Peru (Scilla peruviana) 地中海綿棗兒/地中海藍鐘花

 

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Portuguese Squill/Hyacinth of Peru (Scilla peruviana) 地中海綿棗兒/地中海藍鐘花

Beautiful bulbous perennial.  Easy to grow.  Best growing in full sun to partial shade location but also tolerant light shade.   Small deep blue flowers in flower ball in spring.  Flowers attract bees and butterflies.  Good for cut flower.  USDA Zones:7-10.  Mature size:6″-1′(H) X 3″-6″(W).  Plant is toxic if ingested.  Propagate by seeds, bulb or division.

美麗的多年生球根花卉.  容易栽種.  最好栽種在全日照到半日照處但也能生長於散光處.  小朵深藍色小花聚成的花球於春天盛開.  花吸引蜂蝶.  也適合為插花的花材.  喜熱不甚耐寒.  成熟株高6吋到1呎,寬幅3-6吋.  植株全株有毒勿食.  繁殖以種子,球根或分株方式來進行.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scilla_peruviana                            https://zh.wikipedia.org/zh-tw/%E5%9C%B0%E4%B8%AD%E6%B5%B7%E7%B6%BF%E6%A3%97%E5%85%92                                      http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/59661/

Oak Honey — Nice Exotic Honey! 橡花蜜–美味的特殊蜂蜜!

Oak Honey — Nice Exotic Honey!  橡花蜜–美味的特殊蜂蜜!

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Oak Honey — Nice Exotic Honey! 橡花蜜–美味的特殊蜂蜜!

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Oak Honey — Nice Exotic Honey! 橡花蜜–美味的特殊蜂蜜!

This weekend we shopped at St. Lawrence Market, well it was busy as usual!    After the sampling we decided to get this Oak Honey.    It is very nice to taste the honey first to confirm that is what you like before purchasing them. Wow, what a treat!    We liked it and purchased it mainly because it is rare and also the reason of its unique flavor — the sweet honey with flavor combination of wood, nuts and resin.

I was surprised by the rich taste of honey, what a difference compared with ordinary honey! You can taste the wood, resin and nuts.  The experience takes me to long life span oak forest!

最近和我先生去了有名的鬧市去買純正的蜂蜜. 品嚐了2種不同的蜂蜜後買了這個很少見的蜂蜜.  雖然每種蜂蜜的風味都如此獨特,但這種讓人感覺口中有著混合堅果,樹脂.木質的樸實香氣,這種香甜幸福感很特別!

橡樹花蜜居然有令人驚喜的風味,完美的濃郁具有層次感的木香,橡實香與樹脂香的混合在口中伴著蜂蜜的甜散出,教人無法忘記它. 每嚐一小口都有種感受到置身於蒼鬱的橡木森林一般的感動與奇妙.  建議單獨享用,讓它帶領你的味覺與嗅覺引發的記憶旅行!

Coffee (Coffea arabica) 小果咖啡/阿拉比卡咖啡

Coffee (Coffea arabica) 小果咖啡/阿拉比卡咖啡

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Coffee (Coffea arabica) raw beans/seeds. 小果咖啡/阿拉比卡咖啡生豆/種子.

Coffea arabica and Coffea canephora are the most common coffee species in the world and 80% of coffee beans are consumed today are Coffea arabica.   It is such an important crop in the world nowadays!  It is a tropical tender perennial/shrub.  Easy to grow.  Good for growing in containers indoors, prefer light shade location in moist but well drained soil.  Glossy dark foliage is very pretty, when plant is mature it produces many small white flowers in spring, the flowers have a strong sweet fragrance!   Flowers attract bees and butterflies.   Its mature size can reach 12′-15′(H) X 6′-8′(W) but for easy picking the plants often are pruned short.  USDA Zones:9-11.  Propagate by seeds.

茜草科咖啡屬的熱帶多年生植物/灌木. 現今市面流通的咖啡豆有超過八成是阿拉比卡咖啡.  它是如今被栽種的最重要的經濟作物之一!  容易栽種.  室內散光處都能盆植.  最好是用排水佳但溼潤的有機土壤. 油亮深綠的葉片非常美麗,成熟植株春開許多白色小花,花有著濃郁甜香! 花為吸引蜂蝶的蜜源. 雖然成熟植株可達12-15呎高,6-8呎的寬幅,但是為了便於採收熟果,植株通常都被控制成一人的高度. 喜熱不耐寒.   以種子來繁殖.

Reference links: 參考網站資料連結:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffea_arabica                                   https://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%B0%8F%E6%9E%9C%E5%92%96%E5%95%A1   http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S1677-04202006000100011&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en     http://www.coffeeresearch.org/agriculture/varietals.htm           http://www.coffeeresearch.org/coffee/coffeeplant.htm                 http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/2057/