A cactus plant in a park in south-western China, for example, has become a symbol of love.
But the fruit of the tree is also a symbol, a metaphor and a celebration.
The fruit, called the bao, is often used as a way of expressing the romantic attachment between humans and plants.
But this is also the reason why the baos are so prized, says Michael Gorman, professor of botany at the University of Wollongong in Australia.
“Cactuses and mango trees are not only the best source of bao but they also have medicinal properties,” says Gorman.
In recent years, scientists in China have begun to look at baos in a new light, particularly as they have become a cultural symbol of Chinese culture. “
So baos can be very valuable gifts.”
In recent years, scientists in China have begun to look at baos in a new light, particularly as they have become a cultural symbol of Chinese culture.
“It’s been quite a bit of research to try and find a way to use baos to show love,” says David Gorman of the University.
He is researching the potential for baos as a cultural icon, but his focus is on medicinal benefits.
“The fact that the bai is a fruit that grows on a tropical island is actually quite striking,” says Professor Gorman “So people have been taking it as a symbol to show their love.”
For example, in the southern Chinese province of Jiangsu, the city of Jinhua has been selling baos for several years.
“When the bais go to the market, people gather to eat them,” says Jinhua resident Wang Lin.
“There is a tradition of sharing them with their friends and family.”
Wang Lin also loves to take a piece of baos from the market.
“People gather around it and share a bowl of rice with one another,” she says.
But that is not the only way to share the baos, and that is exactly what a group of scientists at the China Institute of Tropical Agriculture has done.
They have set up a new research centre in Jinhua to conduct research into the potential medicinal properties of bais.
The institute is part of the Wuhan Agricultural University.
“They have set about researching the medicinal properties in bais and studying their potential as a symbolic gift,” says Michael Coughlan, an associate professor at the institute.
“That’s the aim of this research.
It’s trying to understand what medicinal properties they have and how they might be used in our everyday lives.”
In fact, Professor Coughlon thinks baos could become an extremely useful symbol in the future.
“We’re really interested in how baos and mango can be used together as symbols for love and friendship,” he says.
“Mango is a very rich source of medicinal herbs and medicinal compounds and we can use bais as a kind of symbolic symbol for love.”
But the research is still in its early stages and Professor Caughlan says that more research is needed to really understand the medicinal benefits of bai.
“I’m really trying to find out how the medicinal qualities of bain, bao and bai can be combined and how we can incorporate them into everyday life,” he explains.
A good start The first phase of research into baos has been conducted in China and the research will continue for about five years, says Professor Cawthra Gorman from the China Institutes of Tropical Agricultural Sciences. “
What we’re trying to do is really explore the potential of combining these two types of plants to provide an alternative to our standard use of the common medicinal plant.”
A good start The first phase of research into baos has been conducted in China and the research will continue for about five years, says Professor Cawthra Gorman from the China Institutes of Tropical Agricultural Sciences.
But there is also more work to be done to understand how bai might be taken to other parts of the world.
“At the moment, we are using bai to symbolise love, but we’re not sure how the relationship with the plant will develop over time,” he notes.
In the meantime, Professor Gormann says he would like to see bai be used more broadly.
“Our focus is going to be on the medicinal effects of bains and bao,” he adds.
“My hope is that they will become more common in other parts, and then we can start to incorporate them in everyday life.”
Originally published as Love in a bai