Herbs for Health

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  Ashwagandha is an erect branched shrub that grows to a height of 170cm. As a member of the nightshade family, and like its relative the tomato, Ashwagandha bears small yellow-green flowers and red fruit, although its fruit is berry-like in size and shape. The species name ‘somnifera’ means sleep-bearing in Latin, indicating it was …

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Acerola Berries

Acerola

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  The Acerola shrub can grow as high as 5 meters (or 17 feet). Its bright red fruits are as big as a cherry and, when ripe, have a pleasant somewhat tart taste. Acerola grows in the wild and in cultivation throughout northeastern Brazil, Jamaica and Central America. Juice from the Acerola fruit is as …

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Acai Berries

Acai

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  The Acai palm tree grows as high as 50 to 80 feet (15 to 25 meters). The edible Acai fruit is dark purple in color when it is ripe and has a large seed inside. Acai trees grow along major rivers in Northern Brazil, especially on lowland flood plains. Locals in the Amazon region …

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