Baobab, Judas Fruit | Adansonia digitata

Baobob tree Adansonia digitata tropical trees

Adansonia digitata are large deciduous trees with a large thick trunk (possibly the thickest in the world) that is thick-boled (bottle-shaped) reaching a diameter of 10-14 m (33-46 ft). The common name baobab is derived from Arabic meaning “father of many seeds?. Usually solitary individuals surviving well in dry climates and tolerating fire. They can […]

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Wall Rocket | Diplotaxis muralis

Wall Rocket, Annual wallrocket Diplotaxis muralis

An annual/perennial growing to 0.6m (2ft). Leaves are eaten raw. They can be finely chopped and added sparingly to salads or used as a flavouring for cooked dishes. A piquant flavour, somewhat resembling rocket (Eruca sativa), but with a sharp aftertaste. Wall Rocket prefers dry soils and dislikes shade. Very resistant to heat, this plant […]

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Neem | Azadirachta indica

Azadirachta indica, the Neem trees also know as Nimtree and Indian Lilac is a large deep-rooted fast growing plant with many uses including excellent medicinal properties. Neem has a rounded spreading crown and a straight trunk with thick grey bark. The 35cm long leaves are alternate with 7-17 leaflets each 6-8 cm long. When ripe […]

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Yacon Strawberry | Smallanthus sonchifolius

The yacón is traditionally grown in the northern and central Andes from Colombia to northern Argentina for its crisp, sweet-tasting, tuberous roots. It is closely related to the sunflower and Jerusalem artichoke. The root can be eaten raw or cooked. When first harvested, the root can taste somewhat starchy, but it soon becomes sweet, crisp […]

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Abies alba | Silver Fir. An Edible Christmas Tree!

Silver fir has edible, medicinal and many other uses. It is used as a Christmas tree and featured in Hans Christian Anderson’s famous fairy tale, The Little Fir Tree. Silver fir is now less common in our homes, replaced with the more economically cultivated Norway spruce (Picea abies) or Nordmann fir, (A. nordmanniana), with denser, […]

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