This healthy edition of Students of Ethnobotany comes from the spicy Melissa Tong.
This sugary edition of Students of Ethnobotany is brought to us by the sweet Bryan Q.
In most parts of the world, sugar, the sweet kick to every meal, has been an important part of the human diet. Apart from making human food palatable, it also provides energy. However, the health risk of diabetes has been an ongoing concern throughout the world. Increasing the consumption of sugar-sweeted foods can cause an increase in blood sugar levels, which can be dangerous to many known and unknown diabetic patients. Can this epidemic be solved with our ongoing desire for tasty candy, yummy ice-cream, and 1000+ flavors of cake?
This garlicy edition of Students of Ethnobotany comes to us from the healthy Alison V.
Garlic has been used by humans for centuries, possibly best known in western culture as a deterrent to ward off attention from less than friendly vampires. It is also used extensively in cooking, where many people may be familiar with it. According to no-on but myself, its use in cooking probably arose as a covert way to detect whether the new next door neighbours are going to come suck your blood in your sleep.
This miniscule edition of Students of Ethnobotany comes from the keen-eyed Jonathan Heinz.
Wolffia arrhiza is a species of flowering plant from the Araceae family. What makes this plant somewhat unique among its peers is its exceptionally small size. The Wolffia genus includes many of the smallest flowering plants on earth, being about the size of a pin head (Maheshwari and Chauhan).