Thursday, February 23, 2012

Weekend flowers Amarillys - Blumen zum Wochenende - Ritterstern

Linking this post to ...
Tina's picture story - Germany
Floral Friday Foto - Australia

Amaryllis - Hippeastrum is a genus of about 90 species and 600+ hybrids and cultivars of bulbous plants in the family Amaryllidaceae, subfamily Amaryllidoideae, native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas from Argentina north to Mexico and the Caribbean. Some species are grown for their large showy flowers. For many years there was confusion amongst botanists over the generic names Amaryllis and Hippeastrum, one result of which is that the common name "amaryllis" is mainly used for cultivars of this genus, which are widely used as indoor flowering bulbs. The generic name Amaryllis applies to bulbs from South Africa, usually grown outdoors.

Die Rittersterne (Hippeastrum) sind eine Pflanzengattung aus der Familie der Amaryllisgewächse (Amaryllidaceae).
Die Rittersterne umfassen etwa 80 Arten von Zwiebelpflanzen, die in Südamerika in Gebieten mit einer ausgeprägten Trockenzeit wachsen. Die in Europa als Zierpflanzen kultivierten Rittersterne sind überwiegend Hybriden.Die Hippeastrum-Hybriden enthalten, ebenso wie auch die Belladonnalilie das Alkaloid Lycorin.


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Breadnut tree - Brotfruchtbaum - Artocarpus altilis

The Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) tree in my post to is actually 
Breadnut tree- artocarpus camansi 
according to the Breadfruit Institute in Kaua'i, Hawaii USA
Thank you for the correction.  
Comment on my blog...
Nice writeup, however, the species in the photographs is Artocarpus camansi, or breadnut, the ancestor of breadfruit, Artocarpus altilis. A. camansi is native to New Guinea and possibly the Philippines and Indo-Mayasia region. It was distributed to the Caribbean and other countries by the French in the late 1700s.
It is grown for its seeds, similar to chestnut in flavor and texture. Immature fruit are sliced and cooked as a vegetable.
See our website for more information:

Breadnut tree pictures from El Portillio, 
Island of the Dominican Republic and 
at the Callwood Distillery, Cane Garden Bay, Island of Tortola, BVI
Tortola - British Virgin Island
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Breadnut is considered to be the wild ancestor of breadfruit, Artocarpus altilis. It is mainly native to New Guinea and possibly the Moluccas and the Philippines.
Currently besides its native range, the breadnut is also grown outside of in the Caribbean, South and Central America, and West Africa.
The trees grow to be 10-15 m high, with a trunk 1 m in diameter. When compared to Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) and Dugdug (Artocarpus mariannensis), breadnut has more open branching structure. The same tree has both male and female flowers and the male inflorescence appears first. Please visit  the National Tropical Gardens Island of  Hawaii to read more about this very important food source. Many recipes are available on the internet.

Der Brotnussbaum (Brosimum alicastrum, Syn.: Alicastrum brownei Kuntze), auch Ramonbaum, Masica, Ojoshe, Mojo genannt, ist eine Nutzpflanze aus der Familie der Maulbeergewächse (Moraceae). Diese Art kommt im tropischen Amerika von Mexiko über Mittelamerika bis nach Peru vor, inklusive Karibische Inseln.

The world’s largest collection of breadfruit varieties has been established by botanist Diane Ragone, from over 20 years' travel to 50 Pacific islands, on a 10-acre (40,000 m2) plot outside of Hana, Hawaiian Island, on the isolated east coast of Maui. 
Die größte Sammlung von verschiedenen Brotfruchtbäumen findet man in Hana, Hawaii.  Die Botanikerin Diane Ragone sammelte sie, in über 20 Jahren von 50 Pazifischen Inseln. 

Just returned shopping from our local Walmart store.
Yes, I shop on Sunday because all our stores are open.
I was quite surprised to see breadnut for sale in the vegetable isle.
The fruit looked not so fresh anymore. The sales clerk assured me, that a new shipment will arrive soon. I am definitively will try one of the recipes I bookmarked. Perhaps one of my readers has a special recipe to share??
Gerade bin ich von einem Einkaufstrip von unserem Walmart nach Hause gekommen. Ja, ich kaufe auch am Sonntag ein, da bei uns alle Geschäfte offen sind.
Ich war sehr überrascht, wie ich die Brotfrüchte, im Gemüsestand entdeckte.
Die Früchte sahen nicht mehr sehr frisch aus, aber der Verkäufer versicherte mir, dass bald eine neue Lieferung kommt. Ganz bestimmt werde ich eines der Rezepte ausprobieren, die ich gespeichert habe.  Vielleicht hat einer meiner Leser, ein Rezept anzubieten?

You never know what you find at Walmart...