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Flora of China

Traffic-light ice lollies

What you'll need:



Kiwi fruits

Knife and spoon (or blender)


Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 10:46pm

Hamachi carpaccio with kumquat oil

This is a dish to make with the last of the kumquats in the market - the season for this fruit is ending soon.


10-12 kumquats, divided

80ml extra virgin olive oil

300 grams sushi-grade hamachi (yellowtail), cut into 5mm-thick slices

1 slightly heaped teaspoon pink peppercorns, roughly crushed

29 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

The sweet life

An acquaintance once asked her boyfriend to pick up some nectarines, but he brought back peaches. When asked why, he said he couldn't tell the difference. But it seems so obvious: peaches have soft, downy skin like that of an adolescent boy, while the skin of nectarines is smooth.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

A taste of life

One of the best ways of preserving your heritage is to modernise it. It's taken on board and appreciated by a new generation, while keeping the reassuring memories of the past alive - this is what the Taste of Life cocktail aspires to.

19 May 2011 - 12:00am

Antiques add variety to a strong property portfolio

From property to jade and antique fragrant rosewood chairs, investor and collector Wong Koon-kau has many strings to his investment bow.

27 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Three for luck

The kumquat is an unusual citrus fruit: unlike most other types, its rind is sweet while the flesh is tart. The whole fruit is edible, though most people prefer to remove the seeds.

7 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Cold snap pushes up holiday flower prices

Whether peach blossoms for prosperity or roses for romance, flowers are set to get a lot more expensive next month as Valentine's Day coincides with the Lunar New Year.

The cold spell on the mainland will also push up prices, as delayed bud growth reduces supply this year.

30 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Power to the pipa

The loquat is sometimes called the pipa fruit because its shape is said to resemble the body of the four-stringed instrument. Although it's a beautiful apricot colour, the loquat is not always the most enticing of fruit - they do not ripen after being plucked from the tree, so if this is done too early (as it usually is because they bruise easily), the flavour will be mouth-puckering.

31 May 2009 - 12:00am

Sweet and sour

Kumquats are often regarded in the west as being purely ornamental; the tree has small, bright orange fruit contrasting beautifully with the glossy green leaves. But their sweet-tart flavour and high proportion of seeds are not to everybody's liking. People often treat the kumquat as they would standard citrus fruit, removing the peel to eat the flesh.

1 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Ailing firms say it with flowers

Finance companies and manufacturers hard hit by the global financial crisis are buying festive flowers, especially peach blossoms, in a bid to turn their fortunes around.

Flower farmer Lau Hoi-to, known as the Peach Flower King in the trade, said many companies in the financial sector and Hong Kong-based manufacturers had bought peach blossoms from him this year.

14 Jan 2009 - 12:00am