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.
Holy basil is widespread in India and countries of SE Asia. It is a small leaved perennial shrublet, with a basil-mint flavour, used in as a herb in asian cuisine and also medicinally as an "adaptogen". It is said that eating one leaf a day helps for a healthier life.
In general, fruit trees produce fruit as foodstuff for people. Some of them produce fruits considered “superfood”, singular pieces that are especially beneficial for health, they have more vitamins and useful compounds. Superfood is a recent term used to name any food which is very rich in nutrients for health.
Most desserts in Thailand owe their taste to this plant! Beautiful dwarf spineless pandanus with aromatic leaves, used as a herb in SE. Asian cuisine. The neat rosette quickly grows in a dense clump of glossy green bold foliage 1-1,3 m tall.
Piper auritum is an aromatic shrub with large heart-shaped, velvety leaves, which grows in Central America. The common name "hoja santa" means "sacred leaf" in Spanish because it has many uses in Mexican cuisine and also as a medicinal plant. "Caisimon" is the tea, widespread in Cuba is made out of the leaves.
This small scrambling shrub has glossy attractive leaves, used as a popular herb in SE Asia. It is popular in Thailand, where leaves are used as starters, to wrap up bits of different food. The peppery flavour is not really spicy and after a while it is loved by most people.
"Red earth sugarcane" in Polynesian languague is one of the most beautiful cultivars of this useful crop. Stems and leaves grow in a in a wide range of hues, from purple to black, coated with a white shiny wax, increasing the black-and-white contrast.
Big shoots, 50-60cm tall - Vigorous species, widely distributed in Central-Southern Africa. It has larger tall flat leaves, marked with pale green spots and a red margin. It likes shade and grows indoors. Traded in Africa as a medicinal plant.
The Soap Tree, Soapberry or 'jaboncillo' is is a tree native to the Americas and some Pacific Islands. The fruit occur in large pyramidal clusters at the ends of branches and it is very soapy. You can actually wash your hands by simply rubbing the fruits! It is very easy to grow, also in pots, and can easily take short, light frost so it is suitable for...
Shrub to medium size tree from South Africa to Mozambique. It has a very dense foliage and edible purple-black sweet fruits, very rich in anti-oxidants. It stands harsh conditions and grows in Mediterranean to Tropical conditions.
Tuberous-rooted perennial native to Tropical America, with fleshy leaves and delicate pink flowers followed by the small and colourful pink-white-yellow-red fruits. It is considered an ornamental, a caudiciform. a medicinal plant. and in some countries even used as a vegetable
A fabulous ornamental and useful tree, symbol of tropical beaches. Fruits are reminiscent of traditional almonds in terms of taste and shape. Its beautiful large leaves contain several flavonoids and they are used as medicines for different purposes. The tree is adaptable and attains 3 to 30 m tall, depending on conditions. Leaves fall in winter and turn...
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