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.
Short cotton shrub, with flowers which open white and turn pink at the end of their life. "Upland cotton" is a perennial shrub, often grown as an annual, attaining about 1 m in height.
The crossberry is an interesting shrub or small tree native from Southern-Africa, with showy purple flowers in summer. Fruits are small and sweet, four-lobed (hence the common name crossberry). They ripen variably in yellow, orange or red. It is easy and adaptable, both frost- and drought-hardy.
This edible gynura is a small herbaceous shrub with some truly showy foliage, which is purple and glossy in the underleaf. It is native to SE.Asia, where it is used as a medicine and as a food. It is cooked as any spinach-like lettuce.
Edible leafy shrub native to SE.Asia, where it is used as a medicine and as a food. It is cooked as any spinach-like lettuce.
South African bulb with exotic paintbrush inflorescences. It thrives in mediterranean conditions, slow but steady. It is used in traditional medicine to treat chronic coughs and also has antiviral activity.
Cont.= 8,5. Different Haworthia, with flat leaves, heavily banded with ridges. This clone is dark green to rusty brown, depending on light, up to 10 cm in diam. Native from Mozambique to Mpumalanga. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Helichrysum italicum is a flowering plant of the daisy family Asteraceae. It is sometimes called false curry plant. It grows on dry, rocky or sandy ground around the Mediterranean. The stems are woody at the base and can reach 60 cm or more in height. The clusters of yellow flowers are produced in Summer, they retain their colour after picking and are...
Wow! This highly prized Canarian honeydew-honey includes a lot of nectar and secretions collected from banana inflorescences, and also from the insects honeydew existing there and in the neighbouring avocado orchards. It is very smooth and not as sweet as most honeys. VERY HEALTHY! It is produced in Northern Tenerife, during the warmer months. Certified...
Beautiful branched Hoodia from Botswana, South Africa and Namibia. It has become also popular as a medicinal plant, since it reputedly works as an appetite suppressant.
Tree of the legume family bearing large seedpods with an edible sweet flavour.
This is one of the most useful veggies to keep at hand. It It will thrive almost anywhere and will produce tasty and healthy food throughout the warmer months, with an exotic ornamental accent. Flowers are pink, with a purple throat, abundantly produced by well-fed plants.
Okinawan Sweet Potatoes are known to be the reason why the old natives of Okinawa used to live for so long. TThe high concentration of purple Xanthocyans in this tuber have life-lengthening properties. This cultivar is quite popular in SE Asia to Hawaii. It forms clumps (n,ot much running) and takes about 5-6 months to be gathered.
Healthy in general, as most gingers, this Kaempferia is used as a strengthener or aphrodisiac since immemorial times. It is also a nice ornamental: flowers are not too exciting (parvi-flora means small flowered) but leaves are glossy and wavy.
Very ornamental succulent plant, native to rocky areas of NW Madagascar. Leaves are silvery and banded. Inflorescences are tall and elegant. Leaves are also said to have many therapeutic uses. It is easy to keep in pots
Upright succulent from Madagascar, with showy winter flowers. This plant has a high concentration of alkaloids, steroids, lipids, and other phytochemical compounds.
This species bears edible fruits and it grows just 20-50 cm tall. with a thick underground trunk or caudex, which helps it to survive drought and fires. Sometimes it is called the "underground tree".
Henna is the most ancient dye, widely used from Northern Africa to India. It is a compact bushy tough shrub that can take frost to drought.
Elegant evergreen shrub with deep green fragrant leaves that bears small flowers of white to pink in colour. It is resistant to moderate frost. This plant is called Manuka and it is known for medicinal purposes but also because it makes a special bee honey. There are also reports of therapeutic properties.
This well-known cultivar from India is late bearing and produces a rather large fruit, of about 22 g, with a deep red colour. It is a very good producer but it is (thankfully) not vigorous, so it stays rather low and wide.
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