Ganika Patram – Garden Night Shade

Ganika Patram

Ganika Patram is known as Kasi Soppu in Kannada, Makoi in Hindi, and Manathakali in Tamil. Botanical name is Solanum nigrum and belong to Solanaceae family. Other English common names are European black nightshade, Hound's berry, Petty morel, Wonder … [Read more...]

Banana – Plantain

Banana - Plantain

I could not believe when the Banana - Plantain plant that was growing in one patch of our garden flowered one day. We kept a vigil for the flowers to convert into fruit and we were successful in harvesting few bunches of Banana. I have used … [Read more...]

String Beans


String beans, French beans also known as Runner beans is a vegetable that is used in cuisines across the globe but originated in Peru. The other common names are Snap bean, Bush bean, Pole bean, Common bean, Kidney bean, and Pinto bean. It belongs to … [Read more...]

Ber the Indian Jujube Tree


I remember an old lady whom we used to address as “Ajji” (grandma) selling Yelachi Hannu (Ber in Urdu) outside our school. And yes, I used to buy them once in a while and enjoy the sourness of the fruit. I try to relive those memories now, but it is … [Read more...]