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 banana tree needs no introdution. It is called "Blue Java" internationally. It is an easy growing ABB banana which takes some frost and it is just as hardy as most ABBs like Orinoco-Bluggoe. The blue colour is... BLUE... at least in the unripe bunch before the yellow appears.
This is a much shorter clone of the famous banana named Orinoco, Topocho or Bluggoe. Tolerant of wind, drought and cold. Fruits are very different from the common bananas from the supermarket, triangular or square in section - they can be eaten cooked or raw!
Spectacular, red-skinned banana. Plants are stout and leaves have purple leafstalks. Fruits are dark purple during ripening and then turn red with some yellow as they ripen. The flesh is pinkish and MUCH richer in vitamin
Distinct hardy edible banana from mountain regions of NE India, known from at least Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. Its Thai name means Elephant's toe Banana. It is very uncommon in cultivation and possibly one of the hardiest to drought and cold. White wax coats much of the pseudo-stem.
Apple bananas are among the best of all bananas. Small fruits of excellent quality, very sweet and truly reminiscent of an apple. It is called Manzano in Cuba and Latundan in the Philippines. It achieves a variable size of 3,5-6 m (10-18 ft) according to local conditions.
Pisang Awak (= Namwah, Ducasse) is a favourite dessert cultivar from SE Asia, now grown worldwide. Its main features are (1) plant hardiness to drought, wind, cold and diseases (2) spectacular flavour with creamy texture. Few drawbacks are known. This is the dwarf clone known as Namwah Kohm.
Pisang Famille is a fine virus-free clone of the well-known Mysore Banana. Young leaves typically have a copper-pink colour underneath, they are thick and almost waxy. Bananas are small,thin-skinned, excellent. It is one of the most popular bananas in India and the shelf life is very long.
Pisang Mas bananas from South East Asia are considered by many the best in the world. They are small and very sweet, and rich yellow inside. It melts in the mouth as you taste it. It is quite different from many bananas since it belongs to the uncommon AA type. Synonyms are: Kluai Khai (Thailand), Bocadillo (Colombia), Lady Finger, Sucrier, etc.
Dwarf banana with small sweet fruits, similar to the "apple banana". It is native to the cool Punjabi Himalayas, and it easier and faster than most other types of bananas. It can grow from pup to fruit in much less than one year, so it does well in non-tropical countries with a short growing season.
This is a selection of the common, commercial Cavendish banana. It appeared in Tenerife in the banana fields of the Brier family. Now it is a widespread commercial crop in the Canary Islands. Very productive. Plants achieve 2,5-3 m (8-9 ft).
Shrub with bright fleshy leaves, grown as an ornamental plant often used for screens and hedges. It bears small white flowers with purple spots and clustered purple fruits. Easy growing, it tolerates drought, wet soils, and short frost. Originally from New Zealand.
They look like black grapes but they grow straight on the trunk, in a very unusual way! Aall branches are coated with purple-black fruits. This is one of the healthiest of all fruits, and grows in Warm Mediterranean to Cool Tropical climates.
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