Aina S. Erice

Aina S. Erice is a writer and biologist with an overabundance of curiosity and a passion for well-researched storytelling. Her current obsession is the cultural connections between plants and people (OK, chai tea, too). She lives in the Mediterranean, writes in several languages, and is the author of two published books.

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Carlos Magdalena is the Plant Messiah

PeopleCarlos is a plant hunter, plant whisperer, plant pimp, plant protector and plant messiah.

Stefano Mancuso: Behind the Plant Revolution

BotanicaPlants are the answer, according to leading plant scientist and writer Stefano Mancuso.

The Plants we Play

Botanica, CultureAn exploration of the role plants play in the creation of music.

Burning Time: Incense Clocks

CultureUsing scent to tell the time?! Yep.

The Surprising Botany of Icecream

HarvestA sweet exploration of the surprising and secret botany of icecream

Nightshade Flights

Botanica, CultureEscaping with help from the plant kingdom can be dangerous business indeed.

Fabric Dyeing with Algae: A Watery New Frontier

CultureDyeing fabric with algae? Yep, it's happening.

Women and Henna: an Intricate Cultural Dance

CultureA fascinating story connecting the history of henna use with women, Pythagoras's dislike of fava beans, and much more.

Plants & Prayers: Ancient Healing Rituals

CultureAn exploration of the plants used to perform medicine against 'the evil eye'.

Life Lessons from a Frankincense Tree

Botanica, CultureThe exquisite scent of the desert is borne of hardship

Almería: How We Made the Desert

CultureA thought-provoking visit to El Arbardinal Botanic Gardens in the Spanish desert.

When Families Become Trees

Botanica, CultureWhat if we thought about community in terms of trees?