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Bael Fruit

Bael Fruit The bael fruit, aegle marmelos, is a baseball sized fruit related to citrus. It belongs to the Rutaceae family. The bael fruit is native to Central and Southern India, Burma, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. It thrives in subtropical climates. The bael fruit looks like a large grapefruit. It has a pale green, hard and woody shell that turns bright yellow peel when ripe. When sliced in half around the middle, it contains 10 to 15 segments with numerous seeds. The flesh is a pale green, or a slight greenish yellow. The taste of the flesh is at first sweet, similar to a mild honey, but then gets irritating and acidic. The leaves of the tree are poisonous. Ripe bael fru

Cauliflower

Cauliflower Cauliflower, (Brassica oleracea), is a member of the cabbage family. It is said to have originated in the area of the Mediterranean or Asia Minor. It has been in our diet for more than 2500 years. It was possibly cultivated in Egypt around the 4th century BC. Cauliflower was a popular staple in the time of Louis XIV. Today, it is an important vegetable staple in the British Isles, and has a high production rate in England. Cauliflower means stalk flower. (caulis = stalk, Floris = flower). It has a head, or heart, composed of bunches of tiny florets on clusters of stalks. It is hard and compressed. It almost looks like curd. It grows on a short, central stalk, and

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