Tropical & Conservatory Seeds

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  1. PASSIFLORA LIGULARIS

    Strong vines carry large, attractive, greenish-white flowers, which produce absolutely huge, almost spherical, orange to yellow fruits. The fascinating outer shell is slippery and hard like an egg-shell, and has soft padding on the interior to protect the easily-chewed black seeds which are surrounded by sweet, aromatic, transparent pulp, rather reminiscent of pineapple. These fruits are best eaten like a hard-boiled egg by cutting off a piece of the hard shell and scooping out the tasty flesh, which contains vitamins A, C, and K, phosphorus, iron, and calcium. It is native to the Andes Mountains between Bolivia, Venezuela and Colombia, growing as far south as northern Argentina and as far north as Mexico. Outside of its native range it grows in the tropical mountains of Africa and Australia, and is now common in local markets of Papua New Guinea. ... Learn More

    $3.65

  2. PHYLLANTHUS ACIDUS

    Sprays of orange flowers mature to bunches of white to slightly yellow coloured fruit, with a crunchy, juicy, acidic flavoured pulp, which are borne in great abundance. The Otaheite Gooseberry is tropical or subtropical, and can take several degrees of frost for brief periods of time, two fruiting cycles occurring per year, and depending on the climate, trees can produce occasionally throughout the year. Often the fruit is cooked with sugar, upon which the pulp and juice turns bright red, common uses for the resulting fruit mixture are for beverages and sauces. It is native to Madagascar, but was spread long ago by humans throughout much of India, south east Asia, some Pacific islands, the Caribbean region and Central and South America. ... Learn More

    $5.06

  3. PSIDIUM ACUTANGULUM

    The Crown Guava is a small shrub/bush found across the northern part of the Amazonian basin from Colombia, Guyana and into Venezuela. It is a cousin of the more common guava fruit (Psidium giajava) but has a taste all of its own. It tend sto have a sharper more acid taste so so is rarely eaten as the raw fruit but more often made into jams and delicious fizzy drinks - often being combined with honey or sugar. It is also grown as an ornamental. ... Learn More

    $3.26

  4. PSIDIUM GUAJAVA

    Attractive, frilly flowers mature into guava fruits, which may be round, ovoid or pear-shaped, 2 to 4 inches long, and are commonly used in jams and juices. A series of tests on Indian fruits, including Himalayan apples and pomegranates, bananas from the south, and grapes from Maharashtra, found the guava, (exotic in Europe but a poor man's fruit in India), to be the ultimate super food with the highest concentration of antioxidants which protects against the cell damage that often ages skin. From seed, common guavas may bloom and set fruit in as little as 2 years. They are evergreen, faintly fragrant, and growth, in California for example, is rarely over 10 - 12 feet. The bark is smooth, mottled green or reddish brown and peels off in thin flakes to reveal the attractive "bony" aspect of its trunk. Guavas can bloom throughout the year in mild-winter areas, but the heaviest bloom occurs with the onset of warm weather in the spring. And if the tops of the trees are frozen, they usually sprout from the ground and are back in production in 2-3 years! ... Learn More

    $3.78

  5. SALACCA ZALACCA

    This short stemmed palm tree is native to Java and Sumatra and naturalised across Malayasia and Indonesia. The attractive leaves can grow up to 6m long, the fruits growing in clusters at the base of the palm with reddish-brown scaly skin, and are about the size and shape of a ripe fig, with a distinct tip and edible pulp. The taste is sweet and acidic, but its apple-like texture can vary from dry and crumbly to moist and crunchy! ... Learn More

    $7.62

  6. SOLANUM MAMMOSUM

    A truly amazing-looking plant producing positively inedible, ornamental fruits which resemble a cow's udder at one end and human breast at the other, and with lots of rather rude common names too! Although it is perennial it can be grown as an annual, and is related to the naranjilla and tomato with large velvety leaves with purple veins and furry hair, along with prominent spikes. The branches and stems are also dotted with firm thorns. The pink-purple flowers develop during spring and are followed by the waxy, yellow colored fruit ripening a few months later. It has been used in traditional medicine for the treatment of athlete's foot by hunters in Trinidad and also for irritability and restlessness. It is imported to Taiwan and Hong Kong as decorative foliage for use in religious and festival floral arrangements. They are also commonly used in building Chinese New Year trees due to their auspicious golden coloured fruit. ... Learn More

    $3.78

  7. TRICHOSANTHES CUCUMERINA

    This unusual tropical or subtropical vine is usually grown for its strikingly long fruit, used as a vegetable, medicine, and also for crafting didgeridoos! Its soft, somewhat mucilaginous flesh is similar to that of the luffa and the calabash andit is most popular in the cuisine of Southern and Southeast Asia where the shoots, tendrils, and leaves are also eaten as greens. In addition, it produces the most lovely, intricately frilled and twined white flowers which are frequently used as close-up photographic subjects. ... Learn More

    $3.78

  8. TRICHOSANTHES TRICUPSIDATA

    From the hot jungles of Asia comes this attractive and vigorous annual or perennial climber. Rapidly ascending trees or climbing supports, it soon opens out numerous, sizeable, delicately-fringed, five-petalled white flowers. In time they produce absolutely enormous, outstandingly spectacular bright red berries (or fruits!) which persist long after the stems die away, making quite a spectacular display. When cut open, they reveal the yellow flesh, which is inedible, but claims are made that it has a long history of treating a variety of complaints. ... Learn More

    $3.71

  9. VACCINIUM MERIDIONALE

    The Andean Blueberry is found naturally across Peru, Colombia, Venezuela and into the Caribbean. The plant grows in thickets and woodland margins on mountain sides and the fruit (which are related to the cultivated blueberry) are often eaten locally as a jelly or used in pies and tarts. ... Learn More

    $3.07

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