Tree-Cotton

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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tree-cotton Gossypium arboreum, a bushy treelike cotton plant, indigenous to Asia, which bears yellow or red flowers. When dried, these are dark brown and are used in Thailand in dishes such as Gaeng kae, a vegetable soup made with coconut milk.

The seeds of this plant yield an edible oil, but the main source of cottonseed oil is G. herbaceum.