Trees

Why single out trees to give them their own space within these pages, when there are so many different kinds of plants? There is no rational reason for this, but trees occupy a special place in our hearts and minds. Perhaps, it is something about our evolutionary past that has created that deep-rooted connection to the arboreal world in our souls. 

Even long after we stopped living in the trees, they have continued to give us comfort and shelter, foods and medicines, as well as materials for almost all our material needs.

The forest is both, an outer reality and a representation of the inner world. What emerged between these realms are human cultures whose roots have become deeply entwined with those trees. 

Whether in the Amazon rain forest or in the forest cultures of northern Europe, our relationship with trees and forests have shaped our world in both the material and spiritual dimensions. 

This space is dedicated to exploring trees in all their glory.

Apple Tree

Apple Tree

Description: The Apple Tree is one of the most anciently cultivated fruits of Eurasia. It is believed to have developed in central Asia, where the greatest genetic variation occurs in the wild. In cultivation, trees are usually trained and do not reach more than...

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Annatto (Bixa orellana)

Annatto (Bixa orellana)

Description: Annatto, or Achiote, as it is commonly called in Latin American countries, is a tropical shrub that can grow up to about 20 meters high. The pinkish-white flowers develop into a bright red, heart-shaped and exceedingly bristly fruit, which is inedible....

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Acorns

Acorns

I don't know why I have been ignoring acorns all this time. But this year, out of nowhere, it suddenly struck me that I should give them a try. Oaks are quite plentiful in my region and thus acorns are not in short supply. And so, I unexpectedly found myself filling...

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Açai (Euterpe oleracea)

Açai (Euterpe oleracea)

Description: A slender, graceful palm of the Arecaceae family, Açai is native to the seasonally inundated lowland forests of eastern South America, especially Brazil. Several stems sprout from its base and it can grow to about 15-25m high. It takes 4-5 years to...

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