At the place we had Mothers Day lunch at Perigian Springs I saw a cycad as I had never seen one before. There were many other cycads all looking as I had seen in the past but this one with the red ? seeds was new to me. Perhaps it wasn’t a cycad although it certainly looked liked one.
Cycads have been around for a long time being the most common plant in the Jurassic Period. They have undergone only minor evolutionary changes since that time. They are a class of plants called gymnosperms which means that their seeds are open to the air for pollination directly, usually by a cycad beetle. Scientists have discovered that the seeds have a neurotoxin called BMAA. It is believed that the neurotoxin may be the cause of some neurological conditions in humans as it is postulated that bats eat the seeds containing the BMAA and humans then eat the bats. Phew….. I guess that is one disorder that I’m not going to get as I don’t think I have ever seen bat served in any meal I’ve ever eaten or indeed intend to eat in the future.