Fresh Goji Berries (Wolfberry)

Goji

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  Goji is a popularized phonetic take on the Chinese name for the fruit, Gou Qi Zi, while the name Matrimony Vine is used because taking Goji can improve fertility. Lycium barbarum, translates as the thorn from Lycia, and Lycia was an ancient city in what is now modern Turkey, hence the name Asian Boxthorn. …

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Ginko Leaves

Ginkgo

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  Ginkgo trees are large, hardy and can live to 1000 years. When exposed to high temperatures the bark and leaves of the Ginkgo tree secrete a sap that is thought to have fire retardant properties. Amazingly, four Ginkgo trees were the only survivors of the atomic blast at Hiroshma in 1945 and they are …

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Gac Fruit

Gac Fruit

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  A member of the melon family and about the size of a cantaloupe,Gac grows on a perennial vine and is frequently cultivated in home gardens on lattices and amongst the branches of trees.Easy to grow,Gac is available during the summer months when the fruit turns bright red and the seeds have hardened. Often referred …

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Elderberry

Elderberry

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  Elderberry refers to group of deciduous shrubs,small trees and herbaceous perennial plants that grow between 3 and 10 meters of which there are about 30 individual species throughout the world. There are two species of Elderberry which are used as medicine, Sambucus nigera which produces black berries and Sambucus W hance which produces red …

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Cupuacu

Cupuacu

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  Needing an average annual rainfall of between 1.9 and 3.0 metres Cupuacu is a small to medium tree in the rainforest canopy which belongs to the Cocoa family. It yields delicious melon-sized fruit that have a creamy white pulp that tastes like a combination of chocolate, bananas, pear, passion fruit and pineapple. Inside there …

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Cranberries

Cranberry

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  In their natural habitat, Cranberries grow vigorously in acidic, sandy,cold water bogs which were made by glacial deposits. The plant is a long lived, dwarf, creeping shrub, or vine, which runs up to 2 m long and 10 to 20 cm in height. It has a small leaf and produces berries, which turn bright …

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Chá-de-bugre

Cha de Bugre

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  Little research has been conducted on Char de Bugre but at present it is known to contain potassium, allantoin (used for topical healing) and allantoic acid (an agent promoting healing of body tissue). The red fruits of Chá de Bugre contain naturally occurring caffeine. By steeping or soaking leaves, fruit, or bark, tinctures, extracts …

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Camu Camu

Camu Camu

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  Camu Camu is a small, 3-5 metre,shrubby tree that grows along riverbanks within the Amazon Rainforest.It has bushy feathery foliage, small flowers with waxy white petals and a sweet-smelling aroma, and its fruits are light orange in colour and about the size of a lemon.Camu Camu plants flower at the end of the dry …

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Black Cohash

Black Cohosh

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  A member of the buttercup family, Black Cohosh is an herbaceous perennial which grows to a height of 2 to 4 meters and thrives in moist shady environments. It has beautiful long stalks of small, white, feathery flowers, and is often seen in gardens. Cohosh is a Native American word that means rough knobbly …

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Bilberry, Blueberry

Bilberry

By Gayatri A | August 20, 2014

  A relative of the Cranberry, Huckleberry, and American Blueberry, the Bilberry grows in temperate and sub-arctic heath and woodlands to a height of about 40 centimetres. It is a shrubby perennial plant with bell-shaped flowers which produce small, single dark berries in summer. Its name is derived from the Danish word, bollebar, meaning “dark …

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