Fruit, Herbs & Medicinal plants are focused on getting a better health. In this section, each type of plant produce healthy effects, both fruit trees (Feijoa, Pineapple, Fina de Jete...) and plants for health, such as Graviola, Aloe vera, Callisia fragrans...
In the normal metabolism of all living beings, the organism produces some substances from nutrients latent in the environment; some of these chemicals are part of the process in all (or almost) sort of species. Normally, the useful compounds are concentrated in some of its parts: leaves, seeds, flowers...
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The Canary Islands are a paradise for exotic fruits and we offer the largest selection in Europe of tropical fruit trees. Canarius ships many cultivars of mango, papaya, lychee and sugar cane; and also the more uncommon species such as carambola, longan, noni and the real cacao tree. Only the best varieties are propagated and grafted onto stronger rootstocks. Tropical fruit trees do better in warm areas but many will also thrive in mediterranean climates, where mango, avocado and lychee can survive light frosts and fruit regularly.
In this section we gathered those plants that are said to have a positive effect on health. These species belong to different plant families and different areas of the world. The diversity of human culture has learnt to live with the diversity of plants and some species became therapeutical or medicinal. Some, like Aloe vera grow in sunny and dry conditions and can live in a small pot. Some others will become large trees and need space and time to grow. Remember to be careful, not all these plants are edible, some are toxic if eaten or applied to the skin.
This shrub is both an ornamental plant and a nutritious vegetable, often called Aibika. It was domesticated in South Asia and spread to Papua and the Pacific islands. This smooth cultivar, with wide palmate leaves, is a superior strain from Melanesia.
This shrub is both an ornamental plant and a nutritious vegetable, often called Aibika, but a hundred different names are used in different countries. It was domesticated in South Asia and then spread to Papua and the Pacific islands.
Feijoa or "pineapple guava" is the fruit of an ornamental subtropical bush native to South America. Acca grows effortlessly in Mediterranean climates and fruits regularly. It bears beautiful pink flowers with edible petals! It sets fruits in pots.
This is the only self fertile cultivar of Kiwi around, so it does need the existance of a male and a female plant! Jenny is a mostly-female fuzzy kiwi, bearing fruits with with nice shape, sweetness and flavour. Kiwi vines can become rather large and many people with small plots, will enjoy keeping just one and not two of them.
Easy growing elegant and useful tree. In ancient Polynesia, nuts were useful as candles. As a food, they are used in Hawaii to make a sauce for raw tuna and salads. The nut is often cooked in Indonesian and Malaysian cuisine. In Java, they become a thick sauce eaten with vegetables and rice. The taste is similar to macadamia but the candlenut is bitter....
Robust plant, 30-40 cm, 1 kg, field-grown in full sun. This is the famous Aloe vera, known for holding healthy properties. The tips of the tall flower spikes are edible. Leaves are green-glaucous to pink-copper. Takes light frost if kept dry.
Galangal or Blue Ginger is a herb used in cooking in SE Asia, and also medicinally. It grows as a tight clump of lush, upright dark-green leaves. Upright inflorescences of small white flowers are produced throughout the warmer months.
This mid-sized ginger with ornamental dark green foliage is used throughout SE Asia in many ways: rhizomes are cooked as seasoning or as a medicine. Young shoots are used in many Asian dishes. The inner portion of the aerial shoots is cooked as a vegetable and used in curry for flavouring. It can be kept in a pot for years and will stay small.
This is a cool-growing species of Alpinia, which is possibly the frost-hardiest in the genus. It is similar to Alpinia zerumbet, but shorter in stature with wavier leaf margins. Our rhizomes are uprooted from adult, blooming, mother plants. This ginger is also used medicinally.
One of the showiest variegated plants in the world ! This Asian plant from the ginger family has large dark-green leaves striped in a rich yellow. Large plants will eventually bloom with a spectacular inflorescence of white and yellow flowers, reminiscent of orchids. This plant is used medicinally in a lot of surprising ways.
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