THE CULTIVATED PLANTS OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW

The cultivation of plants is key to the development of tribes throughout Caelereth, regardless of the climate they may live in. Plants and the produce resulting from this plants are valuable resources to sustain men, elves or dwarves and through preservation techniques these foods can bring people through harsh times or can open the doors for trading to distant lands.

Overview. The following cultivated plants have been recorded so far in the Compendium:

BAIAN CHA, THE ("GOLDEN TEA PLANT")
This scrubby bush likes dry hillsides with little shade. Leaves are green through summer and dry into gold in the autumn months (can be harvested from the Month of Burning Heavens to the Passing Clouds Months)

As the name implies, Baian-Cha is one of the large family of brewable herbs. Its amber leaves curl tightly when completely dried and cured, and when dropped into boiling water release their subtle, bitter flavour. The golden Cha is an invigorating drink often consumed in the spring as a tonic after too many months of a winter diet. Baian Wine is also available but uncommon.
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The Cha'ah Tea Herb

CHA'AH TEA HERB, THE ("CH'A", "CHA-TISANE", "CHA")
As the name implies, Cha’ah is one of the large family of brewable herbs. Its greenish leaves curl tightly when completely dried and cured, and when dropped into boiling water release their subtle, earthy flavour. The resulting infusion is a comforting, flavourful beverage usually known as Cha, for which any number of health benefits are claimed. Return to the top

 

DRACOROOT, THE
The Dracoroot is an extraordinary plant, apparently absorbing the warmth and sunlight during the hot season and allowing it to trickle from its roots during the harsh winter of the far northern lands, keeping small patches of the ground from freezing and thus allowing other plants to live through the merciless cold. It is also a delicious spice, prepared in many dishes, sweet or not, used in teas as a medicinal preparation and rumoured to be used in the elaboration of a powerful healing potion by the ulvur.
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KAOUJE ("KAO-KAO"), THE
The Kaouje plant is about a fore high, a modest but leafy little bush, with small round leaves about the size and colour of a silverbard. It is believed that the metallic hue helps to diffuse and refract harsh sunlight throughout the interior of the bush to help ripen the berries, or more accurately, Kao-Kao beans. Long tangled roots help it extract what water it needs, and cling to even dusty soil. Return to the top
 

The Kithrauhre Tree

KITRAUHRE TREE, THE ("LYMMON")
The Kitrauhre (pronounced "Kee-TROW-re", plural "Kitrauhren") is an approximately oval-shaped yellow fruit that grows in the continent of Aeruillin on a tree which is simply called Kitrauhre Tree. The fruit has a tart, sour flavour, but is valued for its fresh taste. Shiploads of kitrauhren are imported to the Kingdom of Santharia every year, where they become an exotic and expensive addition to many dishes and drinks for the nobility. Unlike in Aeruillin, in Sarvonia it commonly goes by the name of Lymmon, and its Aeruillin name (lit. "Sun-Lie") has also been translated into Styrásh as ésh'injerá (lit. "False Sun"), and anyone who has bitten into one of them, expecting a sweet, refreshening taste, will know why. The Kitrauhre belongs to the Kitranian Fruits.
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The Mithril Tomato

MITHRIL TOMATO, THE ("MITHATO")
The "Mithato", as it is frequently nicknamed, is a common wild vegetable which seems to be related to the lyth'bel; round, scarlet when fully ripe, and more sharply aceedic in taste, it provides a bright and pungent accent to salats, makes wonderful rich sauces and condiments, can be eaten out of hand with a sprinkle of sea-salt to bring out the flavour, and seems to have medicinal value as well. It grows on sprawling multi-branched 'stalks' and is protected by silvery 'cases' resembling miniature lanterns formed from parchment. Cultivated and bred to its tame state most famously by a Marcoggian-area nobleman's jester-cum-gardener who went by the soubriquet of "Scarlet Tom", it is better known in cities and market gardens as the "Tomato", or "Tom's Mithato". Depending on the region a Mithato might also be known as "Lantern Tomato", or the "Silver Lyth'bel".
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NIGHTGRAPE FUNGUS, THE
The Nightgrape is a fungus that grows on cave walls and ceilings, preferring the dark to the sunlight above ground. It will keep growing unless pruned if being cultivated for food and sticks to the walls and ceilings. The "grape" is usually grown by dwarves as a food and for making wine and vinegar. If a piece becomes detached it will keep on growing and create a new plant.

The Nightgrape naturally prefers deeper caves that are naturally formed because of the protection from the elements. Most of these caverns are vast and can be as big as whole cities. The remoteness of these caverns and caves are not helped by the fact that they can only be accessed through miniature tunnels. Even though (not sure how to word that) the Nightgrape has been harvested and carefully moved to the dwarvish cities willing to undertake the task of growing and harvesting the fruit. Because of this the Nightgrape is relatively well known plant that dwarves have harvested for many years.
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OYA PEA, THE ("PRICKLEPEA")
This useful pea is a member of the alth’sieu (legume) family. It is a relatively inexpensive foodsource, good for both sentient races and beasts, and is the source for a variety of flavourful products. However, it is sensitive to climate and can be vexing to grow. Oyas are also known as Oya Peas, Pricklepeas (in peasant or common Tharian), F’eyren (believed to derive from ‘Fay Eyren’, or ‘faery eggs’) and Oya Pearls.
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SWEET BEAN PLANT, THE
An unusual plant grown primarily in the Dogodan shire and imported throughout Santharia, the Sweet Bean is, as the name should make obvious, an ordinary bean plant to all extents - except that it grows beans with an undeniably sugary taste. Return to the top
 

SWEETSIP VINE, THE ("SUNBENGIAN")
The Sweetsip Vine or Asén'bejón in Styrásh (lit. "Sweet Thrive") is native to Nybelmar, but has made its way to Sarvonia. The Asén'bejón is a most hardy plant and has a tendency to multiply with great ease. Its cone like blossoms release a pleasantly sweet smell and can be used in the finest sweet pies, butters, breads, and cakes. Sweetsip also has many other common names such as: Love o' Malise, Sunbengian, and Nectarene. Return to the top
 

TOL KURR MOSS, THE ("DWARVEN WHEAT")
Tol Kurr (also commonly called "Dwarven Wheat") is an edible variety of moss and is widely used by the Thergerim to make Borwul, the dwarven "bread". It only grows underground and needs just a small amount of light and lots of moisture to survive. The moss is large, thick, and dark green in colour.
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VANILLA ORCHID, THE ("LÁVÁNO PLANT")
Elyá Fánílye Lá'váno, also known as Láváno (common Nybelmarnese) Fanilye (Northern Sarvonia) or Vanilla (Southern Sarvonia) is the only edible fruit of the orchid family, the largest family of flowering plants in western Nybelmar. The plant itself is a tropical orchid, one of three hundred known varieties found in the jungles of Krath. Despite the claims of the Lillivear that the flower is unique to their gardens, there have been sightings of Láváno in territories with a similar weather pattern, such as the city of Katran'searamh a furlay across the Twin Kingdom's westernmost border. Various parts of the plant are used as a flavouring ingredient, a perfume distillate, and an orc repellant. The plant also has numerous medicinal usages. Return to the top


 Date of last edit 9th Awakening Earth 1672 a.S.

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