Bassia scoparia (synonym Kochia scoparia) is an annual shrub native to Eurasia. It has introduced populations in many parts of North America, where it is found in grassland, prairie, and desert shrub ecosystems. Its vernacular names include burningbush, ragweed, summer cypress, fireball, belvedere and Mexican firebrush, Mexican fireweed. It may be planted in almost any climate zone in early spring.
Mexican Firebrush (B. S. trichophylla) is a cultivar of B. scoparia that turns bright red in the fall. They easily self-seed and can become a weed if not controlled.
The seed of Bassia scoparia is dispersed by wind, water, and especially by the whole plant detaching and tumbling in the wind (see Tumbleweed). The seed does not persist in the soil seed bank, but either germinates or dies within about a year.
Bassia scoparia is a C4 plant, specifically of the NADP-ME type.
Uses of Bassia scoparia include human food and traditional medicine, forage for livestock, and erosion control.
The seeds of Bassia scoparia are eaten as a food garnish called tonburi (とんぶり?) (Japanese). Its texture is similar to caviar, and it also is called "land caviar", "field caviar" and "mountain caviar". In Japan, tonburi is a delicacy (chinmi) of Akita prefecture. After harvesting the seeds are dried. To prepare them, the seeds are boiled and soaked in cold water for about a day, then rubbed by hand to remove the outer skin. The seeds are 1–2 mm in diameter, glossy with a black-green color.
Tonburi also is used in traditional Chinese medicine. It may prevent metabolic disorders such as hyperlipidemia, hypertension, obesity and atherosclerosis. In a study of mice fed a high-fat diet, an extract of tonburi did limit obesity. Bassia scoparia seeds contain momordin Ic, a triterpene saponin.
The plant is a moderately useful forage for livestock, and a potential forage crop for dry lands.However, its use is limited by toxicity when fed in large quantities. Livestock grazing principally on lush stands of Bassia scoparia sometimes experience weight loss, hyperbilirubinemia, photosensitization, and polyuria. When used as the only feed for weeks, Bassia scoparia hay may cause toxicity in cattle.
Bassia scoparia is planted for ornament or erosion control. It is a known hyperaccumulator of Chromium, Lead, Mercury, Selenium, Silver, Zinc, and Uranium , and as such can be used for phytoremediation.
The species was first published in 1753 by Carl Linnaeus, who named it Chenopodium scoparium. In 1809, it was included into the genus Kochia by Heinrich Schrader, and in 1978, into genus Bassia by A.J.Scott. Recent phylogenetic research confirmed, that Kochia has to be included in Bassia. Quelle: Wikipedia
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<h2><strong>Yard Long Bean, Snake Bean, Chinese Long Bean Seeds</strong></h2>
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<p><strong style="font-size: 14px;">Yard Long Bean also known as Snake Bean, Asparagus Bean or Chinese Long Bean produces long, thin round bean pods with a slightly sweet taste. The pods can grow up to 100cm long but are at their best picked when about 30cm long and the thickness of a pencil, then they will be tender and sweet rather than tough.</strong></p>
<p>Yard Long Beans are best grown under the protection of a polytunnel/greenhouse in the UK although they can be grown outside in a long hot summer. It is a climbing bean that can reach 2m tall so will need a frame or wigwam of poles to climb up and tied to as with Runner beans or French Beans.</p>
<p>Yard Long Bean produces pretty delicate purple flowers and the pods hang down in pairs. To keep them producing beans, regularly pick and use the bean fresh within 1-2 days. They are a very productive plant given the protection of a greenhouse and lots of heat although can be held back if a little cold.</p>
<p>Yard Long Beans are a staple of South East Asian/Thailand cuisine but are also used in Hindi (Chori) and Caribbean (bora) cooking. They can be steamed or stir-fried and are great in curries. Cut the pods into 10cm lengths and treat like French Beans. If any of the pods are allowed to mature, the beans in the pods can be shelled, dried and kept in an airtight container for use in soups and stews etc. The beans will require soaking overnight in water and boiling vigorously for 10 minutes before simmering until tender so as to destroy any toxins as with most pulses.</p>
<p>Yard Long Bean is an unusual bean that is well worth growing, but to get the best pick young and tender and use fresh but perhaps allow a couple to grow on have a competition to try growing the longest pod. It’s a bean feast!</p>
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<h2><strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Lentil Seeds (Lens culinaris)</span></em></strong></h2>
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<p>The lentil (Lens culinaris) is an edible pulse. It is a bushy annual plant of the legume family, grown for its lens-shaped seeds. It is about 40 cm (16 in) tall, and the seeds grow in pods, usually with two seeds in each.</p>
<p>Lentils have been part of the human diet since the aceramic (before pottery) Neolithic times, being one of the first crops domesticated in the Near East. Archeological evidence shows they were eaten 9,500 to 13,000 years ago.</p>
<p>Lentil colors range from yellow to red-orange to green, brown and black. Lentils also vary in size, and are sold in many forms, with or without the skins, whole or split.</p>
<p>The seeds require a cooking time of 10 to 40 minutes, depending on the variety—shorter for small varieties with the husk removed, such as the common red lentil — and have a distinctive, earthy flavor. Lentil recipes are used throughout South Asia, the Mediterranean regions and West Asia. They are frequently combined with rice, which has a similar cooking time. A lentil and rice dish is referred to in western Asia as mujaddara or mejadra. Rice and lentils are also cooked together in khichdi, a popular dish in the Indian subcontinent (India and Pakistan); a similar dish, kushari, made in Egypt, is considered one of two national dishes. Lentils are used to prepare an inexpensive and nutritious soup all over Europe and North and South America, sometimes combined with some form of chicken or pork.</p>
<p>Dried lentils can also be sprouted by soaking in water for one day and keeping moist for several days, which changes their nutrition profile.</p>
<p>Lentils with husk remain whole with moderate cooking; lentils without husk tend to disintegrate into a thick purée, which leads to quite different dishes.</p>
<p><strong>Nutritional value and health benefits</strong></p>
<p>With about 30% of their calories from protein, lentils have the third-highest level of protein, by weight, of any legume or nut, after soybeans and hemp. Proteins include the essential amino acids isoleucine and lysine, and lentils are an essential source of inexpensive protein in many parts of the world, especially in West Asia and the Indian subcontinent, which have large vegetarian populations. Lentils are deficient in two essential amino acids, methionine and cysteine. However, sprouted lentils contain sufficient levels of all essential amino acids, including methionine and cysteine.</p>
<p>Lentils also contain dietary fiber, folate, vitamin B1, and minerals. Red (or pink) lentils contain a lower concentration of fiber than green lentils (11% rather than 31%). Health magazine has selected lentils as one of the five healthiest foods.</p>
<p>The low levels of Readily Digestible Starch (RDS) 5%, and high levels of Slowly Digested Starch (SDS) 30%, make lentils of great interest to people with diabetes. The remaining 65% of the starch is a resistant starch that is classified RS1, being a high quality resistant starch, which is 32% amylose.</p>
<p>Lentils also have some anti-nutritional factors, such as trypsin inhibitors and relatively high phytate content. Trypsin is an enzyme involved in digestion, and phytates reduce the bio-availability of dietary minerals. The phytates can be reduced by soaking the lentils in warm water overnight.</p>
<p>Lentils are a good source of iron, having over half of a person's daily iron allowance in a one cup serving.</p>
<p>Lentils are relatively tolerant to drought, and are grown throughout the world. The FAO reported that the world production of lentils for calendar year 2009 was 3.917 million metric tons, primarily coming from Canada, India, Turkey and Australia.</p>
<p>About a quarter of the worldwide production of lentils is from India, most of which is consumed in the domestic market. Canada is the largest export producer of lentils in the world and Saskatchewan is the most important producing region in Canada. Statistics Canada estimates that Canadian lentil production for the 2009/10 year is a record 1.5 million metric tons.</p>
<p>The Palouse region of eastern Washington and the Idaho panhandle, with its commercial center at Pullman, Washington, constitute the most important lentil-producing region in the United States. Montana and North Dakota are also significant lentil growers. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported United States 2007 production at 154.5 thousand metric tons.</p>
<p>The lens (double-convex shaped) is so called because the shape of a lens is basically the same shape as lentils. Lens is the Latin name for lentil.</p>
<p>Lentils are mentioned many times in the Hebrew Bible, the first time recounting the incident in which Jacob purchases the birthright from Esau with stewed lentils (a "mess of pottage"). In Jewish mourning tradition, lentils are traditional as food for mourners, together with boiled eggs, because their round shape symbolizes the life cycle from birth to death.</p>
<p>Lentils were a chief part of the diet of ancient Iranians, who consumed lentils daily in the form of a stew poured over rice.</p>
<p>Lentils are also commonly used in Ethiopia in a stew-like dish called kik, or kik wot, one of the dishes people eat with Ethiopia's national food, injera flat bread. Yellow lentils are used to make a non-spicy stew, which is one of the first solid foods Ethiopian women feed their babies. In Pakistan, lentils are often consumed with Roti/bread or rice.</p>
<p>In India, lentils soaked in water and sprouted lentils are offered to gods in many temples. It is also a practice in South India to give and receive sprouted peas by women who perform Varalakshmi Vratam. It is considered to be one of the best foods because the internal chemical structures are not altered by cooking.</p>
<p>In Italy and Hungary, eating lentils on New Year's Eve traditionally symbolizes the hope for a prosperous new year, most likely because of their round, coin-like form.</p>
<p>In Shia narrations, lentils are said to be blessed by seventy Prophets, including Jesus and Mohammed.</p>
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<p>Ferocactus peninsulae is a barrel cactus in the genus Ferocactus belonging to the family Cacteae.</p>
<p>Ferocactus peninsulae reaches a height of about 70 centimetres (28 in). This plant is oval to club-shaped and has 12 to 20 showy, deep ribs. The thorns are grayish-red and have a yellowish or whitish tip. The funnel-shaped flowers are red to yellow and reach a length of 5–6 centimetres (2.0–2.4 in). The fruits are spherical, yellow, up to 4.5 centimetres (1.8 in) long.</p>
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<h2><strong>Lemon Cucumber Seeds</strong></h2>
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<p>An unusual Heirloom variety producing a profusion of apple-shaped fruits, with lemon-colored skin and lime green flesh, which is very mild, sweet, and never bitter. Best harvested at lemon size. Although outstanding for salads or pickling, chances are (just like us) you will end up eating most of these delectable nuggets out-of-hand like an apple. This is a vigorous plant that should yield a tremendous crop. 70 days.</p>
<p>The cucumber species originates from India. The origin of lemon cucumbers isn't certain, it was introduced to America sometime between 1894 and 1905 but there are Middle-Eastern documents that mention this variety from the 16th century, making its likely origin from around this time in either the Middle-East or India. </p>
<p><span>Lemon cucumbers are sweet and crisp with no bitterness making them very versatile. Burpless and thin-skinned. Great for pickling, juicing, adding fresh to salads, or eating as a healthy and delicious snack. Don't be fooled, the variety name 'Lemon' refers to the color of the skin of this cucumber, not its taste, it is not lemony in flavor nor particularly sour.</span></p>
<p>Cucumber 'Lemon' should be trellised for ease of picking and to save space. Easy to grow, very prolific with fruits maturing quickly. Fruits need less heat to ripen than most varieties making them a good variety for cooler climates. Also a good variety for growing in pots and containers. Avoid watering leaves where possible to reduce disease. <span>Lemon cucumbers are more resistant to drought than most cucumbers and are resistant to rusts. </span><span>Grows best in soil with a pH of around 6.5.</span></p>