Bananas

Bananas

Like many of you, I grew up always having bananas in the kitchen. They were a staple in our household. But when I began to do my research for this blog, what absolutely astonished me was that I’d never seen an actual banana flower before. When I found a picture of one, it seemed almost alien, something that must have arrived from another planet. I’ve included one of the photos first, before the video links, because I’m curious to know if any of you have ever seen a banana flower before. There are several photos of this flower below as well, so you’ll get to see all aspects of how it functions and how it produces row upon row of bananas. Once again, nature is amazing.

Here’s a 4-minute video on all the benefits of eating bananas. If you have the time, this 18-minute video, set in a village, possibly in India, is a fascinating look at how the locals use banana flowers to create two different, open-fire recipes. (The number of interruptions because of ‘ads’ was annoying but it still didn’t stop me from watching the whole thing.) Finally, here’s a 3-minute video featuring four awesome banana recipes.

FunFacts about Bananas: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: A banana is an edible fruit – botanically a berry – produced by several kinds of large herbaceous flowering plants in the genus Musa. In some countries, bananas used for cooking may be called “plantains”, distinguishing them from dessert bananas. The fruit is variable in size, color, and firmness, but is usually elongated and curved, with soft flesh rich in starch covered with a rind, which may be green, yellow, red, purple, or brown when ripe. The fruits grow in clusters hanging from the top of the plant. Almost all modern edible seedless (parthenocarp) bananas come from two wild species – Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana. (Source)
  • Bananas are native to Australia, parts of southern Asia, Malaysia and India.
  • Bananas were most likely first domesticated in Papua New Guinea.
  • Today, bananas are grown in 135 countries.
  • There isn’t a huge distinction between ‘bananas’ and ‘plantains’. Bananas tend to be considered a sweet, dessert fruit while plantains are a firmer, starchier fruit used for cooking.
  • The banana plant is the largest of all herbaceous flowering plants.
  • Banana plants produce a flower spike called an inflorescence. Here’s a description, quote: The inflorescence contains many bracts (sometimes incorrectly referred to as petals) between rows of flowers. The female flowers (which can develop into fruit) appear in rows further up the stem (closer to the leaves) from the rows of male flowers…The banana fruits develop from the banana heart, in a large hanging cluster, made up of tiers (called “hands”), with up to 20 fruit to a tier. (Source)
  • Bananas are slightly and harmlessly radioactive. Check out why this is true here.
  • The vivid yellow color of bananas is caused by the ripening process before the fruit arrives at the local supermarket. This process involves ethylene gas. Ethylene is an important and natural plant hormone.
  • Bananas have many health benefits. They have potassium which helps to regulate blood pressure and improve circulation. Bananas also have tryptophan which can aid with depression.

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Plumeria

Plumeria

Frangipani is the most common nickname for the plumeria plant. If it looks familiar, it is also one of the most frequently used flowers for making Hawaiian leis. Plumeria has fragrant blossoms, the scent of which intensifies at night in order to draw in the sphinx moth. But plumeria tricks these poor insects because for all its fine aromatic seductiveness, these flowers don’t provide nectar. 

This 3-minute video takes a tour of a plumeria garden in Hawaii.  Here’s a 4-minute video on propagating a plumeria through a cutting.  Here’s a 3-minute video showcasing several plumeria shrubs in a private garden.

FunFacts about Plumeria: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Plumeria is a genus of flowering plants in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae. Most species are deciduous shrubs or small trees. The species variously are indigenous to Mexico, Central America, Hawaii and the Caribbean, and as far south as Brazil, but are grown as cosmopolitan ornamentals in warm regions. Common names for plants in the genus vary widely according to region, variety, and whim, but Frangipani or variations on that theme are the most common. (Source)
  • Plumeria flowers are fragrant mostly at night in order to summon the sphinx moths for pollination.
  • Plumeria blossoms do not provide nectar.
  • Plumeria can be propagated quite easily with leafless stem tips in spring.
  • Cuttings will rot in overly moist soil.
  • The French botanist, Charles Plumier traveled to the New World in the 1600s to document many plants and flowers. Plumeria is named after him.
  • The nickname, Frangipani, is actually the family name of an Italian marquis who is said to have invented a plumeria-scented perfume.
  • Plumeria has traveled the globe and is now found in most tropical regions.
  • Plumeria flowers come in many colors like white, pink, yellow, red and can even be multi-colored.
  • Plumeria is the national flower of Laos.
  • Plumeria blossoms are often used to make Hawaiian leis.

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Whales

Whales

Every creature on earth makes a contribution to its habitat. Whales are no different. Did you know that the movement of a whale rising from the depths of the ocean creates a phenomenon called a ‘whale pump’? This activity helps to create a healthier environment for other organisms, like plankton. For a more detailed, scientific explanation, go here. Beyond this fascinating discovery, whales are an amazing mammal. They live their lives in the sea, including the females giving birth and suckling their young. One more interesting fact: The blue whale is the largest animal to have ever lived on earth.

This is a 2-minute video of OMG, a whale breaching the surface. You have to wait for it, but it’s awesome! Here’s a 4-minute BBC video that begins with a male and female whale doing a lovely courting dance, but they are soon interrupted by other males and the battle is on. This 3-minute video is an amazing compilation of whales breaching the water.

FunFacts about Whales: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Whales are a widely distributed and diverse group of fully aquatic placental marine mammals. They are an informal grouping within the infraorder Cetacea, usually excluding dolphins and porpoises. Whales, dolphins and porpoises belong to the order Cetartiodactyla with even-toed ungulates and their closest living relatives are the hippopotamuses, having diverged about 40 million years ago. (Source)
  • Whales are a marine mammal.
  • Whales are descendants of land-dwelling mammals.
  • Whales live in the open ocean where they mate, give birth, suckle their young and live out their lives.
  • Whales cannot survive on land.
  • Whales have two flippers in front and a tail fin.
  • Whales can dive to great depths.
  • Whales range in size, quote: from the 2.6 metres (8.5 ft) and 135 kilograms (298 lb) dwarf sperm whale to the 29.9 metres (98 ft) and 190 metric tons (210 short tons) blue whale. (Source)
  • The blue whale was hunted almost to extinction until 1966 when the international community stepped in.
  • In several whale species, the female whale is larger than the male.
  • Whales are carnivorous and feed on fish, octopus, squid, crustaceans, molluscs and plankton.
  • Whales contribute a lot to the health of the ocean. Their excrement, which is liquid, is rich in iron and nitrogen. This remains at the surface of the ocean and feeds components of the plankton communities.
  • Whales also create what is called a ‘whale pump’. Capable of deep dives, when they return to the surface, this motion – the whale pump – brings nitrogen back to the surface of the ocean.
  • Even in death, whales serve the ocean when they sink to great depths. This is called a ‘whale fall’. They fall to the bottom, at levels below 3300 feet, where they slowly deteriorate. The process of decomposing supports a large diversity of ocean life. The entire process can last for decades for a single whale.
  • Whales must breath air to survive, but some whales can stay submerged for long periods of time. The sperm whale can stay below the surface for as long as 90 minutes.
  • Whales have blowholes (a type of nostril) at the top of their heads where they take in and expel air.
  • Whales are warm-blooded. The layer of fat beneath their skin called blubber keeps them warm even in arctic waters. They prefer the colder waters.
  • Whales have a great variety of vocalizations. The humpback whale is known for its songs. The humpback male will produce a song that can last for twenty minutes and which it will repeat for hours on end.
  • Whales migrate to the equator to give birth. This protects the young until they develop enough blubber to sustain them in colder waters.
  • Males mate with several females.
  • Females only mate every 2-3 years.
  • Calves are born in the open water and emerge tail first to prevent drowning.
  • Calves are born in the spring and summer months.
  • The female rears her calf alone.
  • Females nurse their calves for 1-2 years.
  • Whale-watching is a popular form of tourism around the world.

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Kyoto

Kyoto

Vintage Japan…Kyoto. Earlier this year, I did a blog on Tokyo and I have to admit the size of the city and the population at 40 million overwhelmed me. Where was the land that intrigues the rest of the world with its history of Geisha, paper lanterns, Shinto shrines and exquisite gardens? Ah, you’ll find it here in ancient Kyoto. For a thousand years, Kyoto was the capital of Japan until it was moved to Tokyo in the mid-1800s. With so much history, so many extraordinary monuments and beautiful gardens, Kyoto is one of Japan’s most visited cities.

This is a beautiful, 9-minute video featuring lovely spots to visit in Kyoto. This 7-minute Expedia video shows a number of important areas of Kyoto, including gardens, shrines, temples, bamboo forests and the old city. Finally, this 3-minute video is a quick look at many, many beautiful aspects of Kyoto.

FunFacts about Kyoto: (Source)

  • Basic Information, quote: Kyoto, officially Kyoto City, is the capital city of Kyoto Prefecture, located in the Kansai region of Japan. It is most well known in Japanese history for being the former Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, as well as a major part of the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area. (Source)
  • In Japan, Kyoto had other names prior to the 11th century, Kyo, Keishi and Miyako were three of them. ‘Kyoto’ means capital city. 
  • The population of Kyoto is one-and-a-half-million.
  • Summers are hot and winters are cold in Kyoto.
  • There is evidence of human habitation in Japan 40,000 years ago during the paleolithic age.
  • The earliest written evidence of Japan’s civilization occurs around the 6th century. It was at this time that one of the most famous shrines in Japan was built, the Shimogamo Shrine. It is a Shinto sanctuary.
  • Kyoto has 17 ancient monuments that are now UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Kyoto is located in a valley of a mountainous region called the Tamba highlands.
  • The Kyoto Imperial Palace is one of the active palaces of the Emperor of Japan.
  • The Emperor of Japan is the head of the imperial family and also the head of state of Japan. The Imperial House of Japan is the oldest continuing monarchical house in the world.
  • The first Shogunate was established in 1199. Shoguns were military dictators of Japan appointed by the emperor.
  • At the end of World War II, Kyoto was removed as an atomic bomb target by the intervention of the U.S. Secretary of War, Henry L. Stimson, who wanted this intellectual and cultural center of Japan preserved. He’d been there on his honeymoon.
  • Kyoto is one of the best preserved cities in Japan. It has 1600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines.
  • Japan’s television and film industry is located in Kyoto.
  • Kyoto’s primary industry is information and electronic technology. Nintendo is headquartered here.
  • Tourism is huge in Kyoto.
  • Kyoto is the premier center for kimono design and production.
  • Kyoto is an academic center in Japan with 40 institutions of higher education.

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Garlic

Garlic

Have you ever had one of those moments where the light goes on, or in some cases starts flashing? The latter happened to me recently when I watched a video for the preparation of Italian Bruschetta, which includes, among other ingredients, garlic and olive oil. I decided to toast a slice of my favorite gluten free bread (alas, I have to avoid most gluten-ish foods), barely heat a few thin slices of garlic in a tablespoon of olive oil then drizzle the concoction on the toast. I added a bit of salt and thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I didn’t know until then how much I loved garlic. Every day, life can hold something new. 

This is a wonderful, and super informative 5-minute video on how garlic is raised and harvested as well as a couple of historical facts and health benefits. Want to roast a garlic bulb? Here’s a 3-minute video to walk you through the process. Easy-peasy! Here’s a fantastic 3-minute video for making pasta with garlic and olive oil. 

FunFacts about Garlic: (Source)   

  • Basic Information, quote: Garlic (Allium sativum) is a species in the onion genus, Allium. Its close relatives include the onion, shallot, leek, chive, and Chinese onion. Garlic is native to Central Asia and northeastern Iran, and has long been a common seasoning worldwide, with a history of several thousand years of human consumption and use.  It was known to ancient Egyptians, and has been used both as a food flavoring and as a traditional medicine. (Source)
  • China produces nearly 80% of the world supply of garlic.
  • Garlic is pollinated by bees, butterflies and other insects.
  • Garlic is easy to grow.
  • In mild climates, garlic can be grown year-round.
  • Garlic can be grown by sticking garlic cloves in the ground.
  • Garlic plants are hardy and not often affected by disease or pests.
  • Garlic plants are said to repel mice and rabbits.
  • In 2016, 26 million tons of garlic was produced.
  • In the U.S., most of the garlic production is in Gilroy, California which calls itself the ‘Garlic Capital of the World’.
  • The bulb of the garlic is what is commonly used in food preparation.
  • The leaves and flowers of the garlic plant are also edible.
  • Oils can be flavored with garlic cloves.
  • In Eastern Europe, young garlic is pickled and eaten as an appetizer.
  • Garlic is an important part of Middle Eastern and Arabic cooking.
  • Mixing olive, garlic and egg yolk produces aioli.
  • Garlic can stimulate the immune system.
  • For a list of the health benefits, go here!

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Bears Garlic

Bears Garlic

What a pretty woodland wildflower and it’s edible; bulb, stem, leaves and all. Bears garlic is native to Eurasia. It both smells and tastes like garlic. Caution: This plant resembles other wild plants, like Lily of the Valley, which are poisonous. So care must be taken to identify bears garlic correctly. This video, which is the first one below, takes pains to show the differences. As the name would suggest, the brown bear does enjoy this plant and will dig up the bulb for a special treat.

Here’s a 7-minute video that shows all the different ways to identify the bears garlic leaf. This 1-minute video shows bears garlic in the wild, along with a close-up of the leaf, the bulb and the flowers. This 2-minute video shows bears garlic and some of its health benefits.

FunFacts about Bears Garlic: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Allium ursinum – known as ramsons, buckrams, wild garlic, broad-leaved garlic, wood garlic, bear leek, or bear’s garlic is a bulbous perennial flowering plant in the lily family Amaryllidaceae. It is a wild relative of onion, native to Europe and Asia, where it grows in moist woodland. (Source)
  • Bears garlic reproduces primarily by seed.
  • A single leaf base creates the narrow bulb.
  • The plant has long, elliptical leaves.
  • The flowers are star-like with six tepals.
  • Each flower forms part of an umbel in which the small stalks of each flower come together like the ribs of an umbrella.
  • Bears garlic flowers in the British Isles from April to June.
  • Bears garlic can be found in the temperate regions of Europe.
  • The leaves of bears garlic are edible and can be eaten in a salad or boiled.
  • The leaves can also be a substitute for basil in pesto.
  • The bulbs and flowers of bears garlic are also edible.
  • Cows fed on bears garlic give milk a slightly garlic flavor. This created a cheese that was very popular in Switzerland in the 19th century.
  • Care must be taken in identifying bears garlic. The leaves are similar to Lily of the Valley which is poisonous.
  • The name, ‘bear’s garlic’, comes from the brown bear’s preference for the plant. The bears like to dig up the bulbs as well.

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Kingfishers

Kingfishers

Of the 114 species in the kingfisher family, most are very colorful. The rather amazing pied kingfisher, however, and which dives for its prey from a considerable height, is black and white with pretty spots and stripes. A territorial bird, the kingfishers that eat primarily fish will defend a preferred fishing spot. All kingfishers nest in cavities, some that are found, like holes in trees or in termite nests, but most are dug out of hillsides and mud-banks with tunnels ending in a slightly larger hole. The longest recorded tunnel was 28 feet long. Kookaburras are kingfishers. Nature is continually fascinating.

Here’s an amazing 3-minute video that shows in both slow-motion and regular how a Pied Kingfisher dives and catches a fish. Here’s a 1-minute video featuring the common kingfisher diving to catch fish from a low perch. Here’s a fun, 3-minute video of a man feeding small fish to wild kingfishers who perch on his arm.

FunFacts about Kingfishers: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Kingfishers or Alcedinidae are a family of small to medium-sized, brightly colored birds in the order Coraciiformes. They have a cosmopolitan distribution, with most species found in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia, and Oceania. The family contains 114 species and is divided into three subfamilies and 19 genera. All kingfishers have large heads, long, sharp, pointed bills, short legs, and stubby tails. Most species have bright plumage with only small differences between the sexes. (Source)
  • Kingfishers nest in cavities, which often means a nest they’ve dug out of the ground.
  • The common kingfisher is found in Eurasia and North Africa.
  • There are 114 species of kingfisher and 3 sub-families.
  • Kingfishers consume a lot of their prey by swooping down from a perch.
  • Some kingfishers aren’t found near water and eat small invertebrates such as insects and worms.
  • The kookaburra is a kingfisher.
  • The African dwarf kingfisher is the smallest member of the kingfisher family.
  • Kingfishers have long, dagger-like bills.
  • Kingfishers have great, binocular vision and are believed to see in color.
  • They can judge depth within water to accurately capture their prey.
  • The pied kingfisher will dive from a great height into the water to catch its prey. It has been clocked at 50 km/h. These birds hover over the water with incredible skill.
  • Kingfishers are very territorial. They nest in cavities dug in the ground. These usually involve tunnels of different lengths. The longest tunnel recorded was of the giant kingfisher at 8.5 m or 28 ft long. Both genders work at digging the nest.
  • Depending on species, the female will lay anywhere from 2 to 10 eggs per clutch. Both male and female incubate the eggs. Kingfisher offspring stay with the parents for 3-4 months.

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Lake Maggiore

Lake Maggiore, Italy

As a desert dweller, I’m fond of water in any form. Which means of course I was drawn to Lake Maggiore in northern Italy. This beautiful, forty-mile-long lake has a mild, Mediterranean climate even though the northernmost end has a view of the Alps. The lake also has a number of islands and islets, several extensive, well-known botanical gardens, and of course gorgeous, Italian cuisine. 

This 6-minute video gives a good feel for Lake Maggiore. Here’s a 4-minute video featuring the CableWay of Lake Maggiore. Here’s a 9-minute personal video all about the Stresa area of Lake Maggiore.

FunFacts about Lake Maggiore, Italy: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Lake Maggiore, literally ‘Greater Lake’, or Lago Verbàno is a large lake located on the south side of the Alps. It is the second largest lake in Italy and the largest in southern Switzerland. The lake and its shoreline are divided between the Italian regions of Piedmont and Lombardy and the Swiss canton of Ticino. Located halfway between Lake Orta and Lake Lugano, Lake Maggiore extends for about 65 kilometres (40 miles) between Locarno and Arona. (Source)
  • Lake Maggiore has a mild climate in both summer and winter.
  • The region has several well-known gardens: Borromean and Brissago Islands, the Villa Taranto, and the Alpinia Botanical Garden.
  • Lake Maggiore is a very long lake, 40 miles total (65 kilometers) and has been described as ‘sinuous’ in that there is no one point where the full length of the lake can be viewed.
  • The north end of the lake is Alpine, the middle is situated between rolling hills and the southern end is part of the plain of Lombardy.
  • For the most part, the lake is only 2-3 miles wide though broader between Stresa and Palanza.
  • There are several islands in Lake Maggiore. The Borromean Islands consists of five islands, the Brissago Islands consist of three, the Castelli di Cannero is made up of three islands and finally there is the Isolino Partegora.
  • The Lake Maggiore Massacres occurred during World War II.
  • Lake Maggiore is featured in Hemingway’s novel, A Farewell To Arms.

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