Natural picture of a jackfruit tree showing three big green elongated jackfruit, Artocorpus heterophyllus, with wordings 'Jackfruit - strong odour but tumor detector' written in bold yellow in the center.

Jackfruit – Don’t judge by the smell!

Commonly known as ‘zak, or ‘jacque’ in Mauritius, the jackfruit is normally coined with bad smelling odors. Natives make fun of people who give off strong smells by associating them with the ripe jackfruit smell. Though this is how we normally see the jackfruit, Read More

3D image of bluish-green water showing piece of brown underwater continent on which lies a small island with its base arising from the continental mass and green trees and buildings atop the island; black birds fly in the distance.

Mauritius, the island on an underwater continent

In 2017, a team of scientists led by Ashwal published a paper in Nature Communications suggesting the presence of an ancient continent beneath Mauritius [1]. In fact, his discovery led to the conclusion that a part of the ancient continent, Gondwana (more accurately, a Read More

Cluster of branches displaying small green leaves of moringa

The Magical Moringa oleifera – Brede Mouroum

Know that big tree that grows almost everywhere in Mauritius? The one with the really small leaves and long green pods that look like expanded pea pods. The Moringa tree or the brede mouroum has been used to treat a wide array of diseases Read More