Finger millet is one of the most nutritious of all the world’s cereal crops being rich in essential amino acids, iron and calcium. Finger millet also has many medicinal uses.
Kew's Herbarium contains a wreath of folded olive leaves which was found in the sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun and is over 3,300 years old.
Sweet chestnut is a medium-sized tree that is widely cultivated for its edible nuts contained in prickly husks.
This giant herb is one of the ancestors of the plantain, whose fruits are a staple crop for millions of people throughout the tropics.
Sunflower is a beautiful and nutritious plant widely cultivated for its edible seeds and oil.
Pigeon pea is a versatile crop cultivated mainly for its edible seeds which are high in protein. It also has a number of medicinal uses.
Grass pea is a controversial crop. It is a lifesaver in times of famine but is toxic if consumed as a major part of the diet over an extended period of time.
Widely cultivated for its nutritious seeds, lentil is thought to have originated in western Asia.
African rice is a staple food in West Africa prized for its delicate taste, its ability to withstand flooding and its resistance to pests and diseases.
Widely cultivated for its delicious fruits, banana is one of the most economically important crops in the world.