Chickpea (Cicer arietinum)
An annual Asian plant in the pea family, widely cultivated for the edible seeds in its short inflated pods. A round yellowish edible seed, widely used as a pulse. Also called garbanzo. There are two types of chickpeas: desi and kabuli. Desi contains smaller, darker seeds and have more of a rough coat. Kabuli is a larger, lighter colored bean with a smoother coat.
* Chickpeas are an important food plant in India, Africa, and Central and South America. * They are the main ingredient of hummus, a sauce originating in the Middle East. * In southern Europe, chickpeas are a common ingredient in soups, salads, and stews. *
A kind of meal or flour is also made from chickpeas.
Snap peas (Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon)
A cultivated pea that has edible usually round pods easily snapped like beans and that is classified with the snow pea as a variety (Pisum sativum macrocarpon) also called sugar snap pea. This is pea plant producing peas having crisp rounded edible pods
* The pod can be left whole and served with your favorite dip. * The peas can be removed from the pod. Puree the raw peas in a food processor or blender and fold the puree into your favorite dip.
* Snap the whole pea pod into 1-inch pieces and add to salads—vegetable, macaroni, chicken, etc. Cooked
* Use instead of snow peas in oriental dishes.
* In stews or soups, add whole or in pieces, 2 minutes before serving—just long enough to heat thoroughly.
* Stir-fry as you would any vegetable.
Azuki Bean(Vigna angularis syn.Phaseolus angularis)
The azuki bean, also known as adzuki or aduki is an annual bushy leguminous vine plant widely grown throughout East Asia and the Himalayas for its small (approximately 5 mm) beans which are used as food and to produce a flour. The cultivars most familiar in Northeast Asiahave a uniform red color. However, white, black, gray and variously mottled varieties are also known.
* In East Asian cuisine, the azuki bean is commonly eaten sweetened. In particular, it is often boiled with sugar, resulting in red bean paste (an), a very common ingredient in all of these cuisines. It is also common to add flavoring to the bean paste, such as chestnut. * In Japan, rice with azuki beans (赤飯; sekihan) is traditionally cooked for auspicious occasions. Azuki beans are also used to produce amanattō, and as a popular flavour of ice cream. * On October 20, 2009, Pepsi Japan released an azuki-flavored Pepsi product. * In Gujarat, India, they are known as chori.
Zebra Plant (Aphelandra squarrosa)
a Brazilian herb with leaves striped green and yellowish white that is widely cultivated as a foliage plant. This plant is often used as a house plant. This plant likes lots of light, but not direct. It does not bloom often, but it can be encouraged to bloom by prolonged daily exposure to light.
Indoor and outdoor decoration for houses and others.
Rose (Rosa berberifolia)
They form a group of plants that can be erect shrubs, climbing or trailing with stems that are often armed with sharp prickles. They have pinnate leaves and showy flowers having five petals in the wild state but being often double or partly double under cultivation. Flowers vary in size and shape and are usually large and showy, in colours ranging from white through yellows and reds.
* Majority of roses are used to decorate gardens as well as for various ornamental purposes. * Roses have diuretic effects as they contain Vitamin C, pectin, malic and citric acids. * It has a medicinal effect that cools the body by removing toxins and heat from the body. * Roses are also used all over the world for culinary purposes especially on desserts. * It is also widely used for preparing cosmetics, perfumes, hand lotions, creams, to rose essential oil and rose water.
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