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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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Landshut

Landshut, Germany

If you’re into Medieval pageantry with a lot of good, old-fashioned jousting, you might want to book a trip to Landshut. Every 4 years, this Bavarian city, with a Gothic old-town center, recreates the Medieval, European world in which 2000 people participate. It’s called ‘Landshut Wedding’. This blog has some wonderful photos from a pageant earlier this decade.

Here’s a lovely, 6-minute video featuring this beautiful, old Bavarian town. Here’s a 9-minute video featuring the Medieval pageant parade.

FunFacts about Landshut, Germany: (Source) (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Landshut (Austro-Bavarian: Landsad) is a town in Bavaria in the south-east of Germany. Situated on the banks of the River Isar, Landshut is the capital of Lower Bavaria, one of the seven administrative regions of the Free State of Bavaria. It is also the seat of the surrounding district, and has a population of more than 70,000. Landshut is the largest city in Lower Bavaria, followed by Passau and Straubing, and Eastern Bavaria’s second biggest city. (Source)
  • Every four years, Landshut hosts one of the largest medieval pageants in Europe. It’s called ‘Landshut Wedding’ and over 2000 people participate in putting on the pageant. People from all over the world attend this event.
  • Landshut is located near Munich and is one of the richest industrialized towns in Bavaria.
  • Landshut is located in the Alpine foothills.
  • Landshut was found in 1204 AD.
  • The historic downtown area is full of Gothic architecture.
  • The nearby Trausnitz Castle has close associations with Landshut.
  • St. Martin’s Church is the tallest brick building in the world.

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Soup

Soup

Do you remember the earliest soups you ever ate? How about the memories associated with them? I can recall my first potato soup as a kid. My family was having dinner at a neighbor’s house and I remember seeing, smelling and savoring a wonderful potato soup. I can still picture it in the pot, curious about what the neighbor was cooking. It was a big pot since between the two families there were 12 of us. I was probably seven at the time. The whole experience is still vivid in my memory, no doubt because it was a great soup.

Here is an amazing, simple 6-minute video on how to make Spanish Garlic Soup with bread, garlic and stock. Here’s a 5-minute video showcasing 4 low-cal, easy-to-make soups. Here’s a 5-minute video on how to make a lovely, vegan potato soup. 

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  • Basic Information, quote: Soup is a primarily liquid food, generally served warm or hot (but may be cool or cold), that is made by combining ingredients of meat or vegetables with stock, juice, water, or another liquid. Hot soups are additionally characterized by boiling solid ingredients in liquids in a pot until the flavors are extracted, forming a broth. (Source)
  • In French cooking soups are either ‘clear’ soups or ‘thick’ soups.
  • Clear soups include bouillon and consommé.
  • Thick soups are given more substance in different ways. Pureeing will give body to a soup. Bisques are made from either puréed shellfish or vegetables thickened with cream. The broth can also be thickened by using rice, flour, eggs, lentils or grains.
  • A stew is similar to soup but usually with a much thicker, gravy-like consistency.
  • There is evidence that soup was made as far back as 20,000 BC.
  • In 1772, a book called The Frugal Housewife included an entire chapter just on soups.
  • Condensed soup in a can was invented in 1897 by a chemist employed by the Campbell Soup Company.
  • Americans consume approximately 2.5 billion bowls annually of Campbell’s three most popular soups: Tomato, chicken noodle and cream of mushroom.
  • Soups are served all around the world. To see a list of worldwide regional soups, go here.

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Topiaries

Topiaries

As a gardener, one of my favorite things is to prune my plants. This prevents them from getting too leggy, keeps them well-contained where I want them to grow and it helps them develop tighter, more pleasing contours. So, I suppose it was the most natural thing in the world for the earliest gardeners to look at a plant and suddenly visualize that, with just a little judicious pruning, the shape of a squirrel might emerge or an elephant or a rabbit. Or perhaps the first topiary was a simple ‘ball’ or ‘cube’. Whatever the case, topiaries, as with Edward Scissorhands’s creations, were as inevitable as they were irresistible. 

Here’s a 6-minute video on creating topiaries. Here’s a 2-minute video on Disney World topiaries, plus a 1-minute video of a behind-the-scenes look at making these topiaries. This is a 2-minute video on a garden full of topiaries.

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  • Basic Information, quote: Topiary is the horticultural practice of training perennial plants by clipping the foliage and twigs of trees, shrubs and subshrubs to develop and maintain clearly defined shapes, whether geometric or fanciful. The term also refers to plants which have been shaped in this way. As an art form it is a type of living sculpture. The word derives from the Latin word for an ornamental landscape gardener, topiarius, a creator of topia or “places”, a Greek word that Romans also applied to fictive indoor landscapes executed in fresco. (Source)
  • The most common plants used for topiary are boxwood, myrtle, yew, arborvitae, privet, bay laurel and holly.
  • The best plants for topiary have small leaves or needles, are evergreen and produce dense growth.
  • A clipped hedge is a straightforward topiary.
  • Sometimes, shaped metal frames or cages can be used to train a plant to a topiary shape. Ivy can be used in this way.
  • European topiaries date back to ancient Rome.
  • Both China and Japan have practiced topiary and their related art forms of penjing and bonsai.
  • The worlds tallest topiary is Samban-Lei Sekpil in Manipur, India. It is 18.6 meters tall, or 61 feet.
  • This page, toward the bottom, contains a list of gardens from around the world that feature topiaries.
  • In 1962, Walt Disney introduced the ‘portable topiary’ to Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Quote: This style of topiary is based on a suitably shaped steel wire frame through which the plants eventually extend as they grow. The frame, which remains as a permanent trimming guide, may be either stuffed with sphagnum moss and then planted, or placed around shrubbery. The sculpture slowly transforms into a permanent topiary as the plants fill in the frame. (Source)

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Frogs

Frogs

With 4800 recorded species, frogs are an incredibly diverse group. They come in a variety of colors from dappled brown, grey and green to patterns of bright red or yellow and black. They are also an important ‘prey’ food in the food chain. Since the 1950’s the number of frogs around the world have been decreasing and since 1980 at least 120 different species have become extinct. Frogs are ancient as a species and date back 265 million years.

Here’s an awesome 8-minute video about the Red-Eyed Tree Frog. Here’s a 7-minute video of frog eggs gathered from a pond, kept in an aquarium and filmed as they became frogs. The frogs were then released back into the pond. Here’s a 4-minute Australian video showcasing the differences between frogs and toads.

FunFacts About Frogs: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: A frog is any member of a diverse and largely carnivorous group of short-bodied, tailless amphibians composing the order Anura. The oldest fossil “proto-frog” appeared in the early Triassic of Madagascar, but molecular clock dating suggests their origins may extend further back to the Permian, 265 million years ago. Frogs are widely distributed, ranging from the tropics to subarctic regions, but the greatest concentration of species diversity is in tropical rainforests. There are approximately 4,800 recorded species, accounting for over 85% of extant amphibian species. They are also one of the five most diverse vertebrate orders. (Source)
  • The body of a frog is characterized by protruding eyes, the limbs folded beneath, a stout body, a cleft tongue and no tail.
  • Warty species of frogs tend to be called ‘toads’.
  • Frogs come in a variety of colors: dappled brown, grey and green to patterns of bright red or yellow and black.
  • For the most part, frogs lay their eggs in water.
  • The eggs hatch into tadpoles, otherwise known as aquatic larvae.
  • A few species will bypass the tadpole stage or lay their eggs on land.
  • Frogs are an important source as ‘prey’ food. They feed a lot of predators.
  • Frogs have a wide range of vocalizations most often used during the mating season.
  • Frog populations have decreased. Though there are 4800 records species, at least 120 species have become extinct since 1980.
  • During cold spells, frogs can enter a state of torpor during which they are inactive. In cold regions, some frogs will hibernate.
  • The alkaloid epibatidine is produced by some species known as poison dart frogs. This substance is a painkiller and 200 times more potent than morphine. But it can also cause death by lung paralysis.
  • Toads are frogs, but are generally characterized by dry, leathery skin, short legs, and large bumps.

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Morocco

Morocco

Having grown up in California, not far from the beach or the mountains, I have to say Morocco’s diversity of terrain felt reminiscent. As a northwestern African country, Morocco has two coastlines, one on the Atlantic and the other on the Mediterranean with beaches to spare. The Atlas Mountains, which cover 2500 km over three North African countries, has its highest peak in Morocco, which rises over 13,000 feet. Then there is the Sahara which covers a huge portion of North Africa. Did you know the Sahara is roughly the size of the United States? And of course who can forget the famous Ingrid Bergman/Humphrey Bogart movie, Casablanca. ‘Here’s looking at you, kid.’ Morocco has it all.

Here’s a 2-minute video of Fez, Morocco. Here’s a fun, 10-minute personal video featuring Casablanca and the Blue City. There are 3 photos of the Blue City in the collection below. This is Rick Steves’s 7-minute video about the city of Tangier. Finally, here’s a 3-minute video on traditional Moroccan foods.

FunFacts about Morocco: (Source

  • Basic Information, quote: Morocco ~ lit. ‘place the sun sets; the west’ ~ officially the Kingdom of Morocco (Arabic: المملكة المغربية‎) is a unitary sovereign state located in Northwest Africa. It is one of the native homelands of the indigenous Berbers. Geographically, Morocco is characterised by a rugged mountainous interior, large tracts of desert and a lengthy coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. Morocco has a population of over 33.8 million and an area of 710,850 km2 (274,460 sq mi). Its capital is Rabat, and the largest city is Casablanca. Other major cities include Marrakesh, Tangier, Salé, Fes, Meknes and Oujda. (Source)
  • The first Moroccan state was founded by Idris in 788 AD, who was a great, great, great grandson of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.
  • Morocco has a history of independence that other North African nations did not experience.
  • Morocco was the only Northwest African nation to avoid Ottoman domination.
  • Morocco is a constitutional monarchy with an elected parliament.
  • The capital city of Morocco is Rabat.
  • Morocco’s largest city, Casablanca, is also its main port.
  • Culture in Morocco is a blend of West African, European, Berber and Arab influences.
  • The official languages of Morocco are Arabic and Berber.
  • This region of the world has been inhabited since Paleolithic times, loosely between 190,000 and 90,000 years ago.
  • DNA studies show a link between Berbers and the Saami people of Scandinavia.
  • Morocco has coasts on both the Atlantic and Mediterranean. The geography of Morocco includes coastal, mountainous and desert terrains.
  • Toubkal or Tubkal is the highest peak of Morocco’s Atlas Mountain Range and is 4,167 metres or 13,671 ft tall.
  • Morocco’s climate, quote: The country’s Mediterranean climate is similar to that of southern California, with lush forests in the northern and central mountain ranges of the country, giving way to drier conditions and inland deserts further southeast. (Source)
  • Moroccan cuisine is mostly a blend of Moorish, European and Mediterranean cuisines. The most recognizable Moroccan dish is couscous.
  • Morocco has more than four dozen universities.

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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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