Forbidden Fruits

The appetite for tropical and Mediterranean crops among Northerners rapidly expanded into culinary obsession over the last 100 or so years. Their wide-scale cultivation is highly destructive to lowland rainforests, and their high demand for water can be obscene. Despite this, many who live outside the habitat range of these foreign fruits think that accessContinue reading “Forbidden Fruits”

Lime (Citrus spp.)

Lime is a mysterious fruit. His name refers to many species within the genus Citrus, which is partly due to the genus’s ease in hybridizing. Species cross with others successfully and make new, often tasty, fruits. His place of origin is also still unclear, though he most likely was born in Indonesia or Southeast AsiaContinue reading “Lime (Citrus spp.)”

Goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis; Ranunculaceae)

A tried and true medicine as well as colorant, Goldenseal is believed to cure ailments as diverse as muscle spasms, infection, cancer, and more. Like many other wild medicinals, Goldenseal has become endangered, her populations never recovering from mid 19th century over harvesting. While it is now illegal to harvest this Buttercup cousin on publicContinue reading “Goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis; Ranunculaceae)”

Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea)

Cauliflower, whose name literally means “Cabbage Flower,” belongs to the species Brassica oleracea along with Cabbage, Broccoli, Kale, and others. A mathematician’s favorite vegetable, Cauliflower is known for his fractal dimensions most notable in Romanesco varieties. All work posted here is copyrighted by The Lowly Esculent. Do not reproduce, use for profile pictures, or theContinue reading “Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea)”

Pineapple (Ananas comosus)

Flesh-eating is not a behavior reserved for zombies and maggots – even sunshiny Pineapple can devour us. Pineapple is the only known plant to produce the protein-digesting chemical bromelain. Every time your mouth burns from Pineapple’s exquisite juices, it’s him eating you back! All work posted here is copyrighted by The Lowly Esculent. Do notContinue reading “Pineapple (Ananas comosus)”