This subject is an introduction to the principles of ethnobotany and nutrition and their interrelation in the context of the global food and beverage industry. It is designed to provide students with relevant foundational knowledge, so they can practice culinary arts and food & Beverage production and service in sustainable fashion, applying basic nutritional precepts.
4 sessions of 2 hours weekly.
This short course aims at introducing the role of plants, and more specifically, local edible flora or “ulam” in human health and nutrition.
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
The breakdown of the assessment modalities is as follows:
Details are shown here below.
CA is conducted at the end of each session in the form of 1 brief online Quizz. CA is worth 40% of the total assessment, i.e., 10% worth per session.
FA is conducted at the end of the module, and comprises 2 modalities, cumulating to 60% of the overall assessment:
Session 1: Introducing plants and nutrition (2 hours)
Session 2: We Are What We Eat (2 hours)
Session 3: Talking Professionally About Plants (2 hours)
SESSION 4: The Power of Wild Edible Plants (2 hours)
SESSION 5: Online Quiz + Group Assignment
Grusak, M.A. 1999. Improving the nutrient composition of plants to enhance human nutrition and health. Annu. Rev. Plant Physiol. Plant Mol. Biol. 50:133-161.
Samy, J & Sugumaran, M. & Lee L.W. Kate.; Wong, K.M. (ed.). 2014. Useful Herbs of Malaysia and Singapore. An introduction to their medicinal, culinary, aromatic, and cosmetic uses. Singapore: Marshall Cavendish.
Wan Hassan, Wan Embong. 2010. Ulam: Salad Herbs of Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur: Masbe Sdn Bhd.
White, P.J., Broadley, M.R. & Gregory, P.J. 2012. Managing the Nutrition of Plants and People. Applied and Environmental Soil Science, Vol. 2012, Article ID 104826, 13 pages. Doi: 1155/2012/104826.
Database – Plants for a future: https://pfaf.org/user/default.aspx
Textbook – An introduction to nutrition: https://www.oercommons.org/courses/an-introduction-to-nutrition-v1-0/view
Market and Recipe by the Ulam School: https://vimeo.com/user107415200
Wild Edible Plants and Jungle Survival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boBYxLJNCnM
Our team curates botanical, cultural and culinary information to make them user-friendly for everyone.