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14 Oct 2013
On 28 October 2013 Kew Gardens will host a symposium examining the borderline between herbal medicines and food supplements.
11 Oct 2013
Autumn brings with it a feast of colours and flavours which warm the belly and lift the spirits, easing us into the winter months. Inspired by the Global Kitchen Garden at Kew, Sarah Cody takes us on a tour of some of this season's vegetable delights.
30 Jul 2013
Our newest member of the MPNS team explains how he came to discover that using plant names was not as simple as it first seemed...
Pineapple is a tropical plant widely cultivated for its distinctive fruits with their sweet yellow flesh and juice.
A climber from India, black pepper is the source of hot and pungent peppercorns, one of the most popular spices in the world.
An evergreen tree from China and Vietnam, star anise is cultivated for its aromatic fruits that are used to produce a spice similar in flavour to aniseed.
An attractive wetland plant, common water-plantain has delicate white, pale pink or lilac flowers that open in late afternoon and close again at dusk.
Garden asparagus is a widely grown seasonal vegetable that has been cultivated for thousands of years, and this and a few other species of the genus are still harvested from the wild in parts of the Mediterranean.
Guadeloupe blackbead has beautiful clusters of creamy-white flowers and stunning red pods shaped like a string of beads and containing black seeds.