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Edible Plant Species

Gracilaria lichenoides L. Harv. Algae. AGAR-AGAR.
Coast of Ceylon and the opposing portion of the Malayan Archipelago.
This seaweed is highly valued for food in Ceylon and other islands of the East. It abounds in Burma and is of superior quality on the Tenasserim Coast.

Greigia sphacelata Regel. Bromeliaceac.
The sweet, pulpy fruits, called chupon, are greedily eaten by children.

Grevillea sp. Proteaceae. SILK-BARK OAK.
A species at Swan River Colony, Australia, has a large, yellow, spicate inflorescence nearly a foot long. The natives, says Drummond, collect the flowers and suck the honey from them. They call the plant woadjar.

Grewia asiatica Linn. Tiliaceae.
East Indies.
This plant is cultivated in India, says Brandis, for the small, not very succulent, pleasantly acid fruit. The bark of this tree is also employed for making rope. Masters says the small, red fruits, on account of their pleasant, acid taste, are commonly used in India for flavoring sherbets. Firminger says the pea-sized fruits, with a stone in the center, are sour and uneatable. The berries have a pleasant, acid taste and are used for making sherbets.

G. hirsuta Vahl.
Tropical Asia.
A shrub or small tree whose pleasant, acid fruit is much used for making sherbets.

G. megalocarpa Beauv.
Tropical Africa.
The black fruit is edible.

G. oppositifolia Buch.-Ham.
The berries have a pleasant, acid taste and are used for sherbets. They are also eaten.

G. pilosa Lam.
East Indies and tropical Africa.
The fruit of a shrub, probably this, is called karanto on the Bassi hills of India and is eaten.

G. populifolia Vahl.
East Indies and tropical Africa.
The fruit, with a scanty but pleasant pulp, is eaten in Sind, where it is called gwigo. In the Punjab, it is called Gangee.

G. salvifolia Heyne.
East Indies.
The small, dry, subacid fruit is eaten in India.

G. sapida Roxb.
Himalayan region.
This plant bears a small but palatable fruit, much used for sherbets.

G. scabrophylla Roxb.
Himalayan region and Burma.
The fruit, the size of a gooseberry, is eaten in India and is used for sherbets.

G. tiliaefolia Vahl.
Tropics of Asia and Africa.
Its drupe, the size of a pea, is of an agreeable, acid flavor.

G. villosa Wild.
East Indies.
The fruit is of the size of a cherry, with a sweet, edible pulp and is eaten in India.

Grias cauliflora Linn. Myrtaceae (Lecythidaceae). ANCHOVY PEAR.
West Indies.
The anchovy pear is a native of Jamaica, where it forms a high tree. It has for a long time been cultivated in plant houses for the sake of its magnificent foliage. The fruits are pear-shaped, russet-brown drupes and when young are pickled like the mango, which they resemble in taste. This plant is cultivated to a limited extent in extreme southern Florida.

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