Guava

General description The common types of guava include apple guava, yellow-fruited cherry guava, strawberry guava, and red apple guava. Guava is mostly eaten raw (when ripe or semi-ripe) or consumed in the form of juice, jams, and jellies. Some say it has a floral taste, a cross between a pear Read more…

Oyster mushrooms

General Description Pleurotus ostreatus : The oyster mushroom is one of the few known carnivorous mushrooms. Its mycelia can kill and digest nematodes, which is believed to be a way in which the mushroom obtains nitrogen. When can I pick it? Only 10-14 days are needed for the spawn to Read more…

Bittergourd

General description Momordica charantia (colloquially: bitter melon; bitter apple; bitter gourd; bitter squash; balsam-pear); is a tropical and subtropical vine of the family Cucurbitaceae, widely grown in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean for its edible fruit. When can I pick it? The fruit is most often eaten green, or as Read more…

Galangal

General descriptions Alpinia officinarum, known as lesser galangal, is a plant coming from the ginger family, cultivated in Southeast Asia. It originated in China, with long leaves and reddish-white flowers. The hard, shining, dark brown to black  rhizomes, known as galangal, are valued for their sweet spicy flavor and aromatic scent. These are used Read more…

Ivy Gourd

General description Coccinia grandis, the ivy gourd, also known as scarlet gourd, tindora, and kowai fruit, is a tropical vine. It grows primarily in tropical climates and is commonly found in the southern Indian state of Kerala, where it forms a part of the local cuisine. Coccinia grandis is cooked as a vegetable. In Southeast Asia, Read more…

Jack Bean

General descriptions Latin name: Canavalia ensiformis It has deep roots which makes it drought resistant. The plant can spread via long runners. The flowers are pink-purple in colour. The pods are up to 36 centimeters long with large seeds. As a garden plant, it can grow over 2 meters. It Read more…

Blue Butterfly Pea

General descriptions Latin name: Clitoria ternatea The blue butterfly pea is a plant species belonging to the Fabaceae family. The flower of this plant is thought to resemble the shape of human female genitals. It grows as a vine or creeper, thriving in moist, neutral soil. Its flowers are a Read more…

Watermelon

General description Citrullus lanatus is a plant species in the family Cucurbitaceae, a vine-like flowering plant originating in West Africa. It is cultivated for its fruit. The subdivision of this species into two varieties, watermelons and citron melons When can I pick it? Watermelons don’t fall off the vine when ripe. The underside of the watermelon where Read more…

Cucumber

General Description Cucumber is part of the gourd family Cucurbitaceae. Its scientific name is Cucumis sativus. This plant is divided into three varieties: slicing, pickling and seedless. At the Nakupenda farm, pickling cucumbers are grown. Cucumbers originates from South Asia but now grow in most parts of the world. These Read more…