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July 15, 2009

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Chile Peppers

Chile Pepper, Capiscum, is also known also as chilli pepper, chilli, chili. For the purposes of this compendium, I have used the original “chile” as

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Breadfruit and Jack Fruit

Breadfruit, Artocarpus altilis, is a species of flowering trees related to the mulberry, and came originally from the Malay Peninsula and possibly Polynesia.  The trees

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Ackee or Akee

Ackee or Akee, Blighia sapida, is native to tropical West Africa.  It is related to the lychee and longon, although it doesn’t look anything like

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Cupuacu, Theobroma Grandiflorum, is a close relative to cacao (chocolate).  It grows on trees that can reach up to 45 feet or more in the

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Coconut, Cocos nucifera, is a member of the palm family, which thrives nearly worldwide in lowland, moist, tropical and sub-tropical climates.  Botanically, coconuts are a

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Chayote, Sechium edule, is a member of the gourd family, along with cucumbers, melons and squash.  It is a trailing vine that produces large leaves

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Bananas and Plantains

The Banana, Musa acuminata, originated in the Indo-Malaysian tropical jungles and early wild varieties were found as far south as northern Australia. It is an

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Cherimoya and Atemoya

Cherimoya, Annona cherimola, is a delicious tropical fruit.  Originally from Peru, Ecuador and Colombia, the cherimoya is a large, green, slightly heart-shaped fruit from a

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Avocado, Persea Americana, is native to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America.  “Avocado” so-named for its shape, comes from the Nahuatl word “ahuacatl” which

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Amazon Tree Grape

Amazon tree grape, Pourouma cecropiaefolia, is indigenous to the Amazon rainforests of Western Brazil and adjacent areas of Peru and Ecuador, and has been cultivated

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Acerola Fruit

Acerola fruit or Acerola cherry is variously known as the Barbados Cherry, West Indian Cherry, Cereza, Cerisier and Semeruco.  It is believed to have originated along

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