Katuk comes from the Borneo rain forest and is an understory shrub. This beautiful shrub can reach 8 feet in height and is a great backdrop to a shady garden area. The leaves, flowers, and fruit are edible. The fresh leaves are sweet and have a tasty peanut like aftertaste. The leaves, flowers, and fruit are wonderful in salads and stir fry dishes.
Moringa seeds are full of vitamins and minerals. They are edible. The seeds are also used for producing a wonderful oil which has many medicinal uses.
An edible vine found in China, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Leaves are ovate-elliptic or lanceolate, 3.5 to 8 centimeters long, and 0.8 to 3.5 centimeters wide.
Several studies suggest that G. procumbens has anti-inflammatory properties and an ability to regulate blood glucose levels along with other medicinal benefits such as lowering cholesterol. In fact, another common name for the plant is Cholesterol spinach. Longevity spinach is used in Southeast Asian folk medicine to treat topical inflammation, rheumatism, and viral ailments. Longevity spinach is also quite high in protein.
Longevity Spinach is a sprawling herbaceous plant with stems that can reach out 20 feet long if left to grow without any maintenance. With lovely orange flowers. It is best to give the plant at least 4 square feet of space to sprawl out then maintain the growth that spills out of its designated area by cutting (or eating) the plant back. Will grow in full sun or partial shade.
Here are a few of the plants we have growing at our farm.
The Moringa tree gives wonderful pods or also called drumsticks, that are edible and full of nutrients.
Easy to grow, loves the Florida sun and very drought tolerant.
The young tender red leaves have a tart flavor and are an attractive addition to fruit and tossed salads, slaws, or stir fries. Pinch the tips of stems as it grows to make it bushy, otherwise it will grow several feet tall and fall over.
The hibiscus plant, in general, is accredited as a rich source of vitamin C. This is especially beneficial to add to your winter days when you may need more of that vitamin C boost. Though not as potent, hibiscus also contains vitamin B-3 which is also called niacin, and B-2, or riboflavin. The B vitamins are known to give you more energy throughout the day, another added benefit to cranberry hibiscus.
These fast growing trees have nutrient packed leaves, fruit pods, and seeds. Another great addition to any food garden and edible landscape. This tree needs full sun to thrive.
The Salad Tree Hibiscus is a flowering plant in the mallow family Malvaceae. It was formerly considered a species of Hibiscus, but is now classified in the genus Abelmoschus. The plant is also known as the sunset muskmallow, sunset hibiscus, salad tree hibiscus or hibiscus manihot. This edible hibiscus is a shrubby perennial from Indonesia, the leaves of which are flavorful eaten fresh as one would eat lettuce or cooked either alone or added to soups. It is grown exclusively for its leaves and is a very prolific producer, out yielding most crops planted for the production of leafy greens. It is touted as having very high nutritive value. The leaves can be as large as a slice of bread and one leaf can be used instead of lettuce.