Plant of the Month: Bananas

Plant of the Month: Bananas

Although sometimes referred to as ‘trees’, banana plants (Musa species) are actually herbaceous perennials: herbs, distantly related related to ginger. A tree forms a woody stem, banana plants never do. Instead they form ‘pseudo-stems’ that...
Plant of the Month: Chicory

Plant of the Month: Chicory

Chicory is a perennial grown as a leaf and root vegetable, or as a coffee substitute. The plants originated in the area around the Mediterranean sea: western Asia, southern Europe and northern Africa.1   Chicory is from the same group of plants that include...
Plant of the Month: Coriander

Plant of the Month: Coriander

Coriander, also known as Cilantro, is a herb that divides people – you either love it, or you dislike it, it seems there is no ‘take it or leave it’!! For those who think that coriander tastes like soap, apparently it’s a matter of genetics...
Plant of the Month: Beets

Plant of the Month: Beets

The beloved addition to Australia hamburgers is not just a root vegetable. The species that we call ‘beets’ includes plants grown for their roots, such as beetroot, sugar-beet and mangel wurzel, and plants grown for their leaves, such as silver-beet and...