Bush Banana
Uvaria chamae
Uses: Culinary/Medicinal Duration: Perennial
When to Sow: Spring
(Finger root) The root bark of this African climbing shrub has potent antidiabetic properties. Studies have shown that it is very effective in lowering blood sugar in diabetic animals, and it does that by regenerating the islet cells in the pancreas that produce natural insulin. It is intriguing to think that this plant could reduce or eliminate the need for insulin in diabetic patients. Studies have also shown that the root bark lowers HDL-cholesterol and promotes weight loss. Anecdotal evidence is suggesting that this all happens in humans too. The root bark is a highly regarded traditional remedy for many conditions including malaria, fevers, jaundice, dysentery, piles, wounds, and others. All parts of the plant are aromatic, and the banana-like fruits are a popular treat, with an addictive sweet and sour taste. As a tropical shrub this plant requires special care and effort to grow in containers.
S1574 Seeds 6 seeds $7.75/pkt
Currency: United States Dollar

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