Better Quality Baobab for Better Lives in Africa – Update From Kenya

The baobab is no ordinary tree. Not only are its fruits packed with nutrients, its seeds also make an exceptional moisturising oil, and trade in its products generates much needed income for rural harvesters across Africa. But if the quality of those products is below par, consumers won’t buy them and the harvesters won’t make […]

Better Than Palm Oil: Trichilia emetica – the Natal Mahogany

Palm oil, as we all know, isn’t great for the environment. In fact it’s responsible for the loss of hundreds of thousands of square kilometres of rainforest. In this episode, Gus, the African Plant Hunter, shares his scoop on a possible substitute for palm oil, currently being actively researched by scientists around the globe. The […]

The Cheeky Casuarina – Tropical Imposter Tree that Mimics a Conifer

The Cheeky Casuarina

Time to impress your friends with the riddle of the cheeky Casuarina tree – the tree that looks, smells and even tastes exactly like a conifer, but isn’t. Join Gus, the African Plant Hunter, on his roving travels around Africa. This time he’s in Lamu, the ancient Swahili town on the north-eastern corner of Kenya, […]

The Gloriously Glabrous Madagascan Rubber Vine

From his location in the Swahili coastal town of Lamu, in north-eastern Kenya, Gus (the African Plant Hunter) talks us through the difference between “glabrous” and “puberulent” leaves, in the context of the striking-looking Madagascan Rubber Vine. If these terms are new to you, and you’d like to impress your friends by throwing obscure botanical […]

The Extraordinary Multi-Purpose Coconut Tree

From its humble origins in south-west Asia, the coconut has spread all over the tropical world, and is synonymous with beaches and surf. While holidaying in Lamu, Kenya, with his family, Gus, the African Plant Hunter, dons a Kenyan kikoyi and takes time out to explore the reasons behind the success of this remarkable tree. […]