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variety. is life's spice.

Updated: Nov 12, 2021

I spotted 3 specimens this time around, starting with the Ylang Ylang from the Cananga tree (cananga odorata). As they say, nature is just spectacular show of God's stunning creations. And His creations are just life's spice. As I am constantly reminded as the following is just the extraordinarily glorious variety that can be spotted in a short walk in the local park.

Starting with the ylang ylang flower.valued for the perfume extracted from its flowers that come from the cananga odorata, known as the cananga tree (photo below). Oil from ylang-ylang is widely used in perfumery for oriental- or floral-themed perfumes (such as Chanel No. 5). Ylang-ylang blends well with most floral, fruit and wood scents. A description would be "rich and deep with notes of rubber and custard, and bright with hints of jasmine and neroli, thus it is sometimes described as heavy, sweet, and carries a slightly fruity floral scent".

And, then there is the ginger or halia. The cheilocostus speciosus and other members of the Costaceae differ from gingers by having only one row of spirally arranged leaves. The species reproduces vegetatively by rhizome, and birds disperse the seeds when they feed on the fruits.

Who can miss the blue tongue. The melastoma affine whose common name "blue tongue" refers to the edible purplish-black pulp within the fruit capsules which stains the mouth blue.

And finally, the bengal quince (aegle marmelos) where its fruit takes about 11 months to ripen on the tree and can reach the size of a large grapefruit or pomelo, and some are even larger. The shell is so hard it must be cracked with a hammer or machete. The fibrous yellow pulp is very aromatic & its flavour is "sweet, aromatic and pleasant, although tangy and slightly astringent in some varieties". It resembles a marmalade made, in part, with citrus and, in part, with tamarind.

You must agree that this variety is simply breathtaking, remarkable and just spectacular show of God's astounding creations.

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