New Zealand

New Zealand

What do kiwis and glowworms have in common? You guessed it: New Zealand. Kiwis, by the way, refer not to the fruit but to a flightless bird native to this country. New Zealand is also the home of the famous Maori people. Originally from Polynesia, the Maoris arrived in several waves of migration, by canoe, between 1250 and 1300 AD. The photos of New Zealand pictured below had me falling in love with this beautiful country. Despite being similar in size to Japan, with only 4.8 million people it is one of the least populated countries in the world.

This 10-minute video, featuring my favorite ‘Geography Now’ guy, explores Auckland, the most populous city in New Zealand. It does end a little odd with exploring an abandoned house, then immediately moves on to the next video. This 7-minute video follows the same Geography Now Vlogger to North Island which is known for Maori culture. Here’s an 8-minute video that covers a lot of ground with ‘Top 10 Amazing Facts’ about New Zealand.

FunFacts about New Zealand: (Source) (Source)

  • Basic Information, quote: New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. The country’s varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. (Source)
  • New Zealand was one of the last lands to be settled by humans.
  • New Zealand has a distinct biodiversity of animals, fungi and plant life.
  • Auckland is the most populous city of New Zealand.
  • Wellington is the capital of New Zealand.
  • In 1642, the Dutch explorer, Abel Tasman, was the first European to sight New Zealand.
  • New Zealand has a population of 4.8 million. The majority are of European descent. The largest minority are the Maori people.
  • Though at one time a colony of the British Empire, New Zealand gained its independence in 1947. However, the British monarch remains the head of state to this day.
  • New Zealand plays a strong role among the Pacific Islands.
  • New Zealand’s geography is fascinating and varied. It has glaciers, rugged mountains, pastoral hillsides, fiords, subtropical forests, plains, a volcanic plateau, and miles of coastline with gorgeous sandy beaches.
  • New Zealand is a popular film location. The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Piano and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome were all filmed here. Check out more films here!
  • Though New Zealand is about the size of Japan, it is one of the world’s least populated countries.
  • In 1893, New Zealand became the first country to give women the right to vote.
  • In 1953, the first person confirmed to climb Mount Everest was the New Zealander, Edmund Hillary.
  • In 1919, the first person, in the world, to split an atom was the New Zealander, Ernest Rutherford.
  • There are no snakes in New Zealand.

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Potatoes

Potatoes

What is your favorite potato dish? I think mine is an excellent potato casserole. In hunting for videos, the third one below features a recipe for a cheesy-potato casserole that includes both sour cream and cream of chicken soup. The young woman who prepared the dish said her mother made this for every holiday. It’s very close to my potato casserole, minus the cream of chicken soup. But I promise you I’m adding this ingredient next time, being, as I am, a fan of cream of chicken soup.

Here’s a 4-minute video on planting potatoes in a raised bed. Here’s fun 7-minute video of a man who harvested his container-grown potatoes at the end of the season and weighed them. Here’s a 5-minute video about making a terrific, cheesy potato casserole.

FunFacts about Potatoes: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: The potato is a starchy, tuberous crop from the perennial nightshade Solanum tuberosum. In many contexts, potato refers to the edible tuber, but it can also refer to the plant itself. Common or slang terms include tater and spud. Potatoes were introduced to Europe in the second half of the 16th century by the Spanish. Today they are a staple food in many parts of the world and an integral part of much of the world’s food supply. As of 2014, potatoes were the world’s fourth-largest food crop after maize (corn), wheat, and rice. (Source)
  • Wild potatoes can be found throughout the Americas. Genetic testing reveals that the origin of the potato is in southern Peru and northwest Bolivia.
  • The potato was domesticated somewhere between 7000 and 10,000 years ago.
  • The potato as a preferred food source continues to change. The most recent expansion is in southern and eastern Asia.
  • China and India now lead the world in potato production.
  • Potato plants are perennials and can grow up to 24 inches tall, or 60 cm.
  • The flowers of potato plants vary and can be pink, blue, purple, red or white. The stamens are yellow.
  • Propagation is by seed or by tuber.
  • There are now 5000 cultivated potato varieties in the world today. 3000 of them exist in the Andes.
  • In addition to the cultivated varieties, there are about 200 wild species and sub-species of potatoes.
  • In 2014, world production of potatoes was estimated at 382 million tons.
  • Potatoes are a rich source of B6 and vitamin C.
  • Potatoes contain a toxic compound that can be harmful to humans, but this is mostly found in the leaves, flowers, and sprouts. The tubers have a very low concentration of this toxin.

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Goldenrod

Goldenrod

Do you enjoy herbal teas? I had no idea you could make a tea out of goldenrod, which is a wildflower that often grows by the roadside. It is native to North America, with some species also found in Eurasia and South America. There are over a hundred species of goldenrod so I imagine each would taste a little bit different from the next. One of the videos below talks about goldenrod having a licorice flavor. I’m so curious that if I was growing goldenrod, I’d have to try it out. On the other hand, since it has traditionally been used as an herbal remedy for urinary tract disorders or for soothing sore throats, I question how tasty it would be. Still, it’s fascinating to learn these kinds of things about, essentially, a familiar wildflower.

Here’s a 2-minute video on the health benefits of goldenrod. Here’s a 3-minute video on Solidago Rugosa which plays nice in the garden and doesn’t colonize quite as fiercely as other species. Here’s a 5-minute video on how to create a honey infused with goldenrod and a tincture of goldenrod.

FunFacts about Goldenrod: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: Solidago, commonly called goldenrod, is a genus of about 100 to 120 species of flowering plants in the aster family, Asteraceae. Most are herbaceous perennial species found in open areas such as meadows, prairies, and savannas. They are mostly native to North America, including Mexico; a few species are native to South America and Eurasia. Some American species have also been introduced into Europe and other parts of the world. (Source)
  • Goldenrod species can be either spreading or upright.
  • Most goldenrod species are somewhere between very small to six feet.
  • Propagation is through both seeds and underground rhizomes. Many goldenrod species can easily colonize your garden.
  • Goldenrod plants bloom mostly in late summer and early fall with beautiful gold-yellow branches of tiny flowers.
  • Goldenrod is often mistakenly attributed to causing hay fever, but its pollen is heavy and sticky so it is unlikely to afflict sufferers the way something like ragweed can.
  • At the same time, the handling of goldenrod can cause irritation.
  • Insects are the main pollinators.
  • The inventor, Thomas Edison, experimented with goldenrod because it contains rubber. He was so successful at creating a cultivar that was 12% rubber, that the tires on the Model T Ford, given to him by his friend Henry Ford, were made of goldenrod. This cultivar was 12 feet tall. (For more information.)
  • When made into a tea, goldenrod is a diuretic.
  • Goldenrod is thought to have a beneficial effect on the urinary tract, specifically to help with kidney or bladder infections.
  • Some native Americans chew the leaves of goldenrod to relieve the pain of sore throats and toothaches.

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Gannet Seabirds

Gannet Seabirds

If you haven’t seen the amazing diving/hunting technique of the gannet, you’ve missed something extraordinary. (Check it out here.) These birds can dive from a height of almost a hundred feet and achieve a speed of 75 miles per hour. This allows them to plunge deep into ocean waters, as far as 60 feet, in order to reach their prey. They then swim after the fish they’re hunting and can hold their breath for up to 45 seconds in pursuit of their next meal. Again, nature is amazing.

This 2-minute video shows the extraordinary diving feats of the gannet seabirds. This is a wonderful, 10-minute video of the northern gannet with lots of information.

FunFacts about Gannet Seabirds: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Gannets are seabirds comprising the genus Morus, in the family Sulidae, closely related to boobies. “Gannet” is derived from Old English ganot “strong or masculine”, ultimately from the same Old Germanic root as “gander”. Morus is derived from Ancient Greek moros, “foolish”, due to the lack of fear shown by breeding gannets and boobies allowing them to be easily killed. The gannets are large white birds with yellowish heads; black-tipped wings; and long bills. Northern gannets are the largest seabirds in the North Atlantic, having a wingspan of up to 2 metres (6.6 ft). The other two species occur in the temperate seas around southern Africa, southern Australia and New Zealand. (Source)
  • Gannet’s swim or fly almost their entire lives and only spend time on land to nest.
  • Gannets dive into the water from a considerable height (up to 98 feet or 30 meters) then chase their prey underwater. The speed of the dive can reach 100 kilometers per hour. They can do this because:
    • Gannets have no external nostrils. These are located inside the mouth.
    • They can dive because they have cushioning air sacs on their faces and chests which keeps them safe as they penetrate the water.
    • Their eyes face more forward than many birds giving them accurate, binocular vision.
    • They can hold their breath for up to 45 seconds.
  • Gannets nest in large colonies and lay one chalky blue egg per year:
    • Gannets use their webbed feet to keep their eggs warm.
    • Gannets take five years to reach maturity. Once they lose their initial light-colored down, chicks are all black. They become increasingly white as they mature.
  • Two-thirds of northern gannets live in the UK, mainly in Scotland and the Shetland Isles. The rest of the population is in Ireland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, France, Norway, Germany, the Channel Islands and Canada.
  • There are three species of gannets.
  • Gannets are said to eat huge quantities of food. In the UK, the term ‘gannet’ refers to people who eat a lot of food especially at public functions.
  • Also in the UK, young gannets are hunted and eaten as a food called guga. This tradition goes back to the Iron Age. For conservation purposes, the hunting of gannet chicks is limited to 2000 a year.
  • The gannet’s primary food source is fish.

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Bolivia

Bolivia

A South American country with tremendous geographical diversity, Bolivia is a fascinating place. From the Andes, to the Amazon rain forest basin, to a massive salt flat, a dry desert where for miles nothing grows, and beautiful lakes, it’s no wonder that over a million people visit Bolivia each year. A large portion of these are from Israel so that many signs are written in both Spanish and Hebrew. The majority of Bolivia’s population is of Amerindian origin. With only 11 million people, it has 36 indigenous languages. The world is fascinating.

This 8-minute video features a Top 10 look at Bolivia. Here’s a fun, 11-minute video featuring the geography of Bolivia and other good stuff. He’s young, he’s funny and I’ve linked one of his videos before. Here’s a 4-minute video featuring Bolivian music.

FunFacts about Bolivia: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Bolivia, officially the Plurinational State of Bolivia (Spanish: Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia), is a landlocked country located in western-central South America. The capital is Sucre while the seat of government is located in La Paz. The largest city and principal economic and financial center is Santa Cruz de la Sierra, located on the Llanos Orientales (tropical lowlands) a mostly flat region in the east of Bolivia. Its geography varies from the peaks of the Andes in the West, to the Eastern Lowlands, situated within the Amazon Basin. It is bordered to the north and east by Brazil, to the southeast by Paraguay, to the south by Argentina, to the southwest by Chile, and to the northwest by Peru. (Source)
  • Bolivia is the fifth largest country in South America and the 27th in the world.
  • One-third of Bolivia is in the Andes Mountain range.
  • The population of Bolivia is 11 million.
  • Bolivia is multi-ethnic and includes Amerindians, Asians, Africans, Mestizos and Europeans. Amerindians are the majority.
  • Though Spanish is the official language, 36 indigenous languages are also spoken. The most prominent of these are Guarani, Aymara and Quechua languages.
  • Before Spanish colonization, the Andes portion of Bolivia was part of the Inca Empire. The rest of the country was inhabited by independent tribes.
  • Bolivia is rich in minerals, especially tin.
  • Bolivia is a developing country.
  • Bolivia was named after Simon Bolivar, a leader in the Spanish American wars of independence. He helped five countries in South American gain their independence from Spain.
  • One million people visit Bolivia every year.
  • Bolivia has a diverse landscape that includes the Andes Mountains, beautiful lakes, rain forests, the driest desert in the world, and the biggest salt flat in the world. The salt flat is the size of Jamaica.
  • Lake Titicaca is in Bolivia. Incan origin stories involve this lake.
  • Bolivia has two capitals: La Paz and Sucre.
  • The capital, La Paz, is at 12000 feet. It’s located in the Andes Mountains.
  • Bolivia has the driest desert in the world, the Atacama. You can drive for miles without seeing a living thing.
  • Bolivia calls itself the heart of South America.
  • Bolivia does not have an outlet to the Pacific Ocean.
  • Bolivians love festivals.

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Basil

Basil

What do Caprese salad, pesto sauce, and Margherita pizza all have in common? You guessed it, the fragrant herb, basil. I love the scent of this herb and tend to spice up any jar of spaghetti sauce with a heavy dose of dried basil. But what surprised me in exploring an herb that is used in cuisines around the world is that it has wonderful health benefits. It comes with a long list of good things for the body from an anti-inflammatory, to diabetes support, to cancer-fighting properties.

This is a 5-minute video on pruning your basil plants to keep them productive and looking good. Here’s a terrific 4-minute video on starting a variety of basil plants in seed trays. Here’s a wonderful 4-minute video on the health benefits of basil.

FunFacts about Basil: (Source

  • Basic Information, quote: Basil (Ocimum basilicum), also called great basil or Saint-Joseph’s-wort, is a culinary herb of the family Lamiaceae (mints). Basil is native to tropical regions from central Africa to Southeast Asia. It is a tender plant and is used in cuisines worldwide. Depending on the species and cultivar, the leaves may taste somewhat like anise, with a strong, pungent, often sweet smell. The type used commonly as a flavor is typically called sweet basil (or Genovese basil), as opposed to Thai basil ( basilicum var. thyrsiflora), lemon basil (O. × citriodorum), and holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum). (Source)
  • Most basil varieties are annuals though some, in warm, tropical climates, are perennials.
  • The cultivar known as ‘holy basil’ is also known as ‘African blue basil’.
  • There are many varieties of basil.
  • The names of most cultivars of the sweet basil variety include: Anise basil, Thai basil, cinnamon basil, licorice basil, Persian basil, dark opal basil, lettuce leaf basil, Rubin basil and globe basil.
  • Other hybrids, or similar species to basil, include: Spice basil, African blue basil, lemon basil, camphor basil, clove basil and holy basil.
  • Basil is best added at the last moment of cooking, since heat destroys the flavor of this herb.
  • Basil is the main ingredient in pesto, an Italian oil-and-herb sauce.
  • Asian basil plants have more of a clove-like flavor than the Mediterranean herbs.
  • Tulsi, or holy basil, is a revered, native plant of India and Nepal. It is cultivated for its essential oil.
    • Health benefits of basil, quote: Scientific studies show the following benefits of basil:
      • Anti-inflammatory
      • Antioxidant
      • Cancer-fighter
      • Pain-reducer (analgesic)
      • Fever-reducer (antipyretic)
      • Diabetes-preventer
      • Liver-protector (hepatoprotective)
      • Blood vessel-protector
      • Anti-stress solution
      • Immune-booster (Source)

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Zinnias

Zinnias

The names of flowers often intrigue me. As I collected the photos for this blog, I wondered where a name like ‘zinnia’ came from. Was it an obscure Old English word, or perhaps a family name from someone who first cultivated a correlating weed? In this case, the name zinnia was conferred by the famous botanist Carl Linnaeus in honor of another botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn. Zinn was the director of the botanic garden at the University of Gottingen, but as far as I could discover didn’t have a direct relationship to the zinnia. Instead, it appear Linnaeus wanted to honor Zinn’s general contributions to botany and to his work in anatomy by naming a flower after him.

Here’s a 3-minute video on growing a beautiful patch of cutting flowers from a packet of zinnia seeds. Here’s a 1-minute video of a zinnia patch covered in butterflies. Here’s a 3-minute video on collecting seeds from the zinnias grown in your garden.

FunFacts about Zinnias: (Source

  • Basic Information, quote: Zinnia is a genus of plants of the sunflower tribe within the daisy family. They are native to scrub and dry grassland in an area stretching from the Southwestern United States to South America, with a centre of diversity in Mexico. Members of the genus are notable for their solitary long-stemmed flowers that come in a variety of bright colors. The genus name honors German master botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn (1727–59). (Source)
  • Zinnias range in height from four inches to forty.
  • Zinnias are annuals and are grown in the summertime.
  • Zinnias make a great cutting flower. The more flowers that are cut, the more the plant produces.
  • Zinnias come in a variety of colors and can be yellow, red, white, purple, orange and lilac.
  • Zinnias like the heat.
  • The most familiar zinnia originated in Mexico and is the species Zinnia elegans, also known as Zinnia violacea.
  • Zinnias have been grown in the International Space Station.
  • The petals and overall blossom structure of different zinnia species can vary greatly, from a single layer to thick, multiple layers.

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Animals Together

Animals Together

We bond. We flock. We move about in herds. We form pairs, schools, parliaments, coveys, mated-pairs, colonies, pods, congregations, packs, and best friends. How we share life together, whether with one another as humans, or with animals as our loved ones, or how animals group themselves, the sacred nature of the bonds we form are not easily broken. For an intriguing list of animal group names, go here.

Here is the most wonderful, 10-minute compilation video of animals together. This 10-minute video features photographs of then-and-now animals together, mostly in pairs. Very sweet. This 10-minute video shares 11 stories of animals of different species bonding together.

FunFacts about Animals Together: (Source) (Source)  

  • Pair-bonding is a name coined from the 1940s to indicate a lifelong relationship, frequently monogamous. Another term is ‘mated pair’. However, there are a variety of pair-bonds. Quote:
    • Short-term pair-bond: a transient mating or associations
    • Long-term pair-bond: bonded for a significant portion of the life cycle of that pair
    • Lifelong pair-bond: mated for life
    • Social pair-bond: attachments for territorial or social reasons, as in cuckold situations
    • Clandestine pair-bond: quick extra-pair copulations
    • Dynamic pair-bond: e.g. gibbon mating systems being analogous to “swingers” (Source)
  • Almost 90% of birds are monogamous.
  • Humans pair-bond. But these bonds can be social or sexual.
  • Humans also form social friendships and acquaintances each of which have a different level of bonding.
  • About bonding with animals, quote: A study in 2003, by the U.S. Department of Defense, based on human-animal bonding determined that there was an improvement and enrichment of life when animals were closely involved with humans. The study tested blood levels and noticed a rise in Oxytocin in humans and animals which participated; Oxytocin has the ability to lower stress, heart rate, and fear levels in humans and animals. (Source)

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Disclaimer: As with any food, herbal remedy, beverage or concept on this blog, be sure to contact your physician before eating, imbibing or using for medical purposes any substance discussed on this blog. Always err on the side of caution and keep yourself well-informed. ~ Caris Roane

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