Trees Around the World

There are many different kinds of trees that stem from different parts of the world. Here is a list of some of them, as well as the country’s other national treasures.

Japanese trees:

Japanese trees, often known as Cherry Blossoms, are indigenous to many East Asian states such as Japan, Korea, and China. In Japan, cherry blossoms are thought of as a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life. The humanity of the blossoms- their beauty and fast death- is often associated with mortality, the symbolism of which is commonly seen in Japanese art, anime and film.

Another treasure from Japan is their delicious fish. More than the fish itself, is the Japanese way of preparing it, known as sushi. Sushi refers to fresh fish on top of a bed of rice, sashimi is the raw fish on its own, and maki is fish surrounded by rice and seaweed. Sushi has become a beloved food group amongst people all over the world.

Maple trees:

There are approximately 129 species of Maple trees, most of which are native to Asia, although they can also be found in Europe, northern Africa and North America. The red sugar maple leaf is the outstanding feature of the Canadian flag. The sugar maple is tapped for sap, which when boiled is converted into maple syrup. Maple syrup is delicious and available in abundance in Canada. It can however be quite costly when sold abroad.

While Canada is not known for their cuisine, they do have one or two dishes worth mentioning. Poutine is one of them. Poutine is a Quebecois dish that consists of French fries, cheese curds and hot gravy. By adding the hot gravy onto the other ingredients, they all melt together, creating a delicious- although gluttonous- meal.

Banana trees:

As you might have guessed, banana trees grow bananas and they are native to tropical South and Southeast Asia. Having said that, today banana trees are grown in at least 107 countries, mostly for their fruit.

Depending on your culinary taste, South and Southeast Asia have some of the most delicious foods in the world, ranging from Indian curries, to Thai mango salads, to the hundreds of kinds of sticky rice from Laos. Each region has their own spices and ways of preparing dishes that make them so authentic.

So you see, in addition to eating carbon dioxide and giving us oxygen with which to breath and grow things, trees provide food, syrup, beautiful flowers and more.

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