Eden Project Humid Tropics Biome
Many of the plants grown in the Humid Tropics biome at the Eden
project can be grown in the West. Many palms will be quite happy in
a heated house as a potted plant. They need a reasonably constant
temperature, low light levels and dislike draughts.
You could even have a go at growing ginger. Buy a stem from a
shop, chop off 5cm and plant it near the soil surface.
Below are a few more pictures from the Humid Tropics biome at the
Eden Project. I hope they give you a taste of what can be seen 100 times
better in real life at the Eden project
Torch ginger is native to Indonesia. It is now cultivated in many
tropical areas for both it's stunning flower head and as a source of
food. The stems are chopped and added to curries and soups with rice
Over 70 species of this plant now exist spread out from
India to the Pacific Islands.
On the left is a picture of sugar cane. We use it every day but
how many of us know the difference between sugar cane and sugar
beet? Sugar beet is restricted to temperate climates, sugar cane can
grow in warm temperate to tropical climates. After sugar is
extracted from sugar cane , the remainder is used to produce heat
Turmeric is used in more foods and drinks than you may imagine. The
dried roots are ground and used as a natural colouring and
flavouring. It's used in canned drinks, nearly all curry powders,
ice cream, yoghurts, popcorn, cereals, the list is almost endless.
Click the picture on the right to see what it looks like.
One of the most amazing features of the Humid Tropics biome at
Eden project is the waterfall. All the water is collected on site
and it is reused.
You have to see it to appreciate it, set in a
true tropical setting.