The Lobster mushroom is actually a parasitic hybrid of the fluorescent red-orange fungal parasite, Hypomyces lactifluorum, and the brittle white mushroom, Russula brevipes.
The largest of all tree-borne fruits, jack fruit is oval-shaped and knobbly-skinned. This fruit can weigh up to eighty or ninety pounds.
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Snapdragon flower buds consist of two stacked puffed petals that open from the bottom to the top. The petals are often times ruffled on their edges and have a soft texture. Flowers can be single or double hued in color and include pink, purple, lavender, white, yellow, orange and burgundy.
Snapdragons are typically available in the spring and summer months.
Snapdragons are of the genus Antirrhinum and were originally part of the Scrophulariaceae or Figwort family. In the late 20th century many families were reorganized using new methods of classification known as phylogenetic taxonomy. Today, Snapdragons are a member of the Plantaginaceae family.
Snapdragon flowers are most commonly used for decorative purposes on cakes, tarts, pastries and other elegant dessert preparations. They can be used as colorful garnish alongside salads, frittatas, crepes, spring rolls and fruit plates or on specialty cocktails.
Although Snapdragons grew in ancient gardens, the actual origin of this age-old flower is uncertain but some believe it was the Mediterranean basin, more specifically in Spain and Italy. Its Latin species name, Antirrhinum majus, comes from the Greek for "nose-like". "Anti" in Greek means "like" and "rhinos" means "snout", a nod no doubt to the Snapdragon's nose like shape. This rather hardy annual thrives in full sun or partial shade and prefers well-drained soil.