African Peach
Nauclea latifolia
Uses: Culinary/Medicinal Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 10-12)
When to Sow: Anytime Ease of Germination: Moderate
Tropical shrub or small tree with edible fruits about the size of a small peach. The juicy deep red flesh has a taste that hints of strawberries and ripe apples. It grows throughout sub-Saharan Africa and fruit gathered from the wild is frequently offered for sale in local markets. The incredibly fragrant flowers are a magnet for bees and butterflies. It is a popular traditional medicine for many conditions. Research has shown that roots or leaves are very effective for diabetes, fevers, malaria, herpes, digestive problems, and as a potent pain killer. It was found to be a superior medicine for diabetes because it normalizes blood sugar by lowering levels only when elevated and not when normal. As a pain reliever it was shown to be very effective, on the scale of morphine, without affecting motor coordination. Intrepid gardeners are finding that this remarkable plant can be grown successfully in large containers or even in the garden outdoors in Florida and elsewhere in the U.S. South.
S4458 Seeds $6.75/pkt
Currency: United States Dollar

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