Sunday, April 12, 2009
In the pink
I think these are magnolia blossoms; one of the varieties that can tolerate the climate here.
While researching magnolias I learned these interesting tidbits: They are thought to have originated in eastern Asia, and they are ancient – they evolved before bees came along. Their flowers were “made” to be pollinated by beetles. As a result, the blossoms are tough and resilient to withstand “beetle behavior”.
I also found that magnolia bark has an ingredient which deters cavities, dental plaque, and periodontal disease. I recall seeing mints and chewing gum at my dentist’s office that were advertised as reducing cavities and plaque (and were much more expensive than what you’d find at the supermarket). So, they must contain the magic ingredient from the ancient magnolia tree -- to keep your teeth healthy, and your gums in the pink...