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Drumstick Tree
« on: May 09, 2016, 03:03:09 AM »
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The drumstick tree is a descendant of the moringa tree, which the colonists brought to the planet of Pern and planted on the Southern Continent. The plant gets its name from the shape of the seed pods, which grow to look like the drumsticks that Harpers use on their drums. 

The original settlers brought a variety of Terran plants with them as a way to supplement any of the native flora that was able to be cultivated by the colonists. They selected the moringa tree due to the high level of nutrients found in its leaves and the multiple medicinal property that the various parts of the plant possessed. As the colonists knew it, the leaves of the plant were a significant source of many essential vitamins, which were consumed similar to cooked spinach or dried and crushed to be used as a powder in soups. The seed pods, called “drumsticks” were normally boiled until they were softened and were a high source of fiber and other nutrients, while the seeds were roasted like nuts or eaten like peas. The seeds could also be made into an edible oil, which was clear and odorless. The left over seed cake from the oil extraction process could be made into a fertilizer or could be used to purify water. 

Just as it did back on old Earth, the plant thrived in the warmer climates of the Southern Continent and eventually made its way to Fort Island, via birds or fish consuming the sea pods. After the Crossing, the Pernese had all but forgotten about the moringa tree, due to its inability to survive in the colder climes of the Northern Continent. It was rediscovered, however, when the Pernese repopulated the Southern Continent. However, its myriad of uses were only be relearned when the Catastrophe occurred. 

The Drumstick Tree and Southern Winds: 
After the exodus to Fort Island, both Healers and Farmers were pleased to discover the drumstick tree flourishing on the island. In the initial move, many craftsmen from both Halls took the opportunity to gather a large number of seeds to plant and cultivate on their own. Though it is not a big portion of the culinary habits of the Weyr and Hold, the drumstick tree is starting to prove its usefulness in the Pernese’s new, tropical home. 

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« Last Edit: September 05, 2018, 01:56:01 PM by Southern Records »
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