Thursday, September 23, 2010

I Love Red (Part 2): Red Saga Seeds

(Read Part 1)

I saw red saga seeds for the first time at my campus laboratory as specimen collection. I was really excited with its bright red color, of course. I asked my friends to know what the name of that seed was, because there was no information on it, but sadly nobody knew.

My curiosity then was answered when i went to On-Rust Island (in Thousand Islands, Jakarta). I finally found so many seeds scattered away on the ground and also its trees as I walked around the island. And somebody told me that the name of the plant was Saga Tree.


The Saga Tree (Adenanthera pavonina), or also known as Coral Tree, Red Sandalwood, Saga, is native to India and South Asia. This tree is well known and almost popular for its bright red seeds, it's also known as love seeds. Saga tree can grow up reach until 20-30 meters. In Indonesia, especially i see on some places in Jakarta, the saga trees are planted along roads cause it's believed to be able to fix nitrogen and thus help rejuvenate soils.


The Saga Tree fruit is curved hanging green pods that turn brown, coiled up and split open as they ripen to reveal small bright red seeds. The seed is rich in protein and some research says it's higher than soy bean. In addition, red saga seeds also contain high fat acid used for alternative energy resource, such as Bio diesel.

The red seeds also common to be used for artwork, accessories, traditional games, or just for fun collection. And don't you know that the small bright red seeds are uniform in weight?? Believe it or not, the weight on every four of seeds is always 1 gram (compiled from various sources).

Photos taken from: http://www.imafulltimemummy.com and http://3.bp.blogspot.com

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I Love Red (Part 1)

Everybody must has their own favorite color, and perhaps some of them have more than one. I don't know since when I found red as my favorite one, oh no... I have to say that red is my really lovely favorite color. I love red in every way but not on the road when I am in rush and got red by the traffic light.

Red is one of primary colors besides blue and yellow. The word red comes from the Old English rēad. Further back, the word can be traced to the Proto-Germanic rauthaz and the Proto-Indo European root reudh-. In Sanskrit, the word rudhira means red or blood.

Some say red is a strong color, and a person who likes red color is an ambitious one, optimistic, and can express many personality traits (hope that is true). But in facts, I’m not quite confident (especially wear clothes in red color).

Many creatures are characterized and recognized by its red color. And along my life, I've been searching and listing various creatures with red color. Here, I’m trying to share some of my favorite list..

LADYBUG


I bet most of you must have ever seen this very attractive-cute bug. Ladybugs or known variously as ladybirds are small insect (ranging from 1 mm to 10 mm). They have various colors, usually red, orange, or yellow, with black spots. But, the red one that I like is the 7-spots ladybug or Coccinella 7-punctata (picture).

Most ladybugs voraciously consume plant-eating insects, such as aphids, and in doing so they help to protect crops, that’s why farmers love them.

In parts of Northern Europe, tradition says that one's wish is granted if a ladybug lands on oneself (this tradition lives on in North America, where children capture a ladybug, make a wish, and then "blow it away" back home to make the wish come true). In Italy, it is said by some that if a ladybug flies into one's bedroom, it is considered good luck.

In central Europe, a ladybug crawling across a girl's hand is thought to mean she will get married within the year. In some cultures they are referred to as fortune bugs. In France, ladybugs are considered to be bringers of good weather.

Photo taken from: http://farm4.static.flickr.com

TOMATO


Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) is originally from South Africa and was spread around the world following the Spanish colonization of the Americas. Tomato has many varieties with various size, from the smallest Tomberries (about 5 mm in diameter) until Beefsteak tomatoes (10 cm or more in diameter). Although tomato is commonly red, but there are also tomatoes with yellow, orange, pink, purple, green, black, or even white fruit.

Fruit or vegetable?? Botanically, tomato is a fruit but it is considered a vegetable for culinary purposes. Tomato is rich in Lycopene, the pigment gives red color and also acts as antioxidant preventing some types of cancer. Tomato is also good for skin health and we can consume it in many ways. We can eat it raw, processed into sauce or pasta, and also into juice as drinks (and of course, tomato juice is my favorite drinks!!).

Photo taken from: http://www.abdn.ac.uk

(compiled from various sources)
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