The mythologized coco-de-mer (Lodoicea maldivica) tree is a Seychelles Island native palm, and yields the largest seeds (weighing up to 30 kg) in the plant kingdom. The seeds also happen to resemble a woman's curves.
The loneliest tree in the world was a solitary acacia in a remote land. It was the only tree in a 400 kilometer radius. Standing alone in the vast Saharan expanse, l'Arbre du Ténéré (the Tree of Ténéré), was modest in size—three meters tall—but its mere survival was both remarkable, and invaluable to desert travelers.
Amy Pennington, food writer and organic gardener (and author of Apartment Gardening), lives in a Seattle apartment overlooking the Cascade Mountain range. A passionate cook, she grows vegetables and herbs on her deck, which supply her kitchen throughout the year. Here, she shares with us What Makes a House a Home.