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The Amazing Ice Cream Bean! Inga Edulis - Growing the Ice Cream Bean Tree

Ice Cream Bean - Inga Edulis

Did your parents ever tell you, in the height of a hot summer, that ice cream doesn’t grow on trees? Well, that’s not strictly true! Inga Edulis, a member of the Legume family, sprouts seed pods that contain fleshy matter with a taste just like Vanilla ice cream.

This tree is native to South America, where it is grown for various reasons including its fruit, shade and timber. It has also been used in medicines for centuries, and forms the basis for an alcoholic drink called Cachiri. The fruit that gives it its name are contained in seed pods-these are long and thin and shaped like bean pods, and can grow up to 3 feet long! The seeds themselves are not generally eaten, but are surrounded by a cottony covering which tastes like ice cream.

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Malabar Chestnut, or Saba Nut - The Provision Tree for your Garden (Pachira aquatica)

Amazing!  Highly Ornamental and Lucky!

The Malabar Chestnut is one of those very special trees.  Also named the Provision tree by the U.N, this tree can withstand the often harsh conditions in developing countries.  Native to an area from Southern Mexico to Guyana and northern Brazil, this tree is well suited to tropical and subtropical regions as well as mild inland and coastal areas. Although native to naturally wet areas, it is extremely adaptable and will grow very well in most conditions.

What does the Malabar Chestnut look like?

It is a stunning tree.  Foliage is shiny deep green, with lighter green new growth. Leaves are palmate, or finger-shaped.  It gives away its distant relative - the Boabob with a distinctive swollen trunk base.  This makes it very suitable as a bonsai or house plant, as well as a beautiful shade tree for parks, gardens and bush blocks.  The Malabar Chestnut grows up to 18m tall in its tropical native habitat, but in subtropical areas a maximum of 6-7m tall is more likely.

Flowers are quite showy, like a creamy yellow powder puff or shaving brush!  Being self- fertile, you can expect a seed pod to form following each flower.  The seed pod is very woody, 5-7 cm in diameter.

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Fresh Dragonfruit delivered to your Door!

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Good afternoon!  I hope all our customers are enjoying a lovely break! 

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Monstera Deliciosa - The Delicious Monster

Lush Plants Online Plant Nursery Australia is delighted to have Monstera Deliciosa back in stock!   As well as a gorgeous foliage plant, and an easy care pot plant, it produces an exotic tropical fruit.  The name means "Delicious Monster" for a reason!

Native to the tropical rainforests of southern Mexico and south to Panama, it is now widespread.  This has led to a huge variety of names for the same plant including; Split leaf Philodendron, Ceriman, Swiss Cheese Plant, Fruit Salad Plant, Monster Fruit, Mexican Breadfruit, Locust and Wild Honey, Windowleaf, Delicious Monster, Monstera, Penglai banana and Balazo.

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Miracle Fruit, a Miraculous Berry-Bearing Shrub (Synsepalum dulcificum)

Miracle Fruit - Synsepalum dulcificum - Intro

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Miracle Fruit shrubs have the amazing capability of changing the taste of foods; mainly sour to sweet. A lemon tastes like a lolly after chewing on a Miracle Fruit berry! The plant itself grows 2-4m tall and is quite ornamental. Suitable for most Australian gardens, containers and as indoor house plant in bright light. Read on for the full monty!

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Perennial Basil; a Beauty for Bees and a Hardy Edible Plant (Ocimum sp.)

Perennial Basil is our ultimate bee-attracting plant; it is covered with bees throughout the day, every day. The ‘buzz’ around this plant is well-warranted, it smells divine and is one of the strongest plants we grow. It has an amazing growth rate and, if pruned regularly, makes a fantastic, good-looking, and edible addition to your garden.   

Perennial Basil and attracting Bees in your garden 

The absolute main attraction of the Perennial Basil is that the bees absolutely love it. We grow a few in every one of our gardens for this very reason! A study of ‘Plants and Pollinating Bees’ lists Ocimum americanum as one of the main bee-attracting plants, receiving some of the most bee visits. For full study visit here

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Black Sapote-Gardening for Chocaholics

 

Black Sapote - Chocolate Pudding Fruit 

If you’re a chocolate fan (and let’s face it-who isn’t?) then you will want to hear about the Black Sapote, or Chocolate Pudding Fruit. As the name suggests, this is an extraordinary plant whose fruits produce a healthier version of that universal favourite, chocolate pudding. Alright, so it won’t be exactly the same and nor does it come in a handy little pot-but the taste and texture are unique and delicious!

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Growing and Caring for Mango Trees (Mangifera indica)

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Information about the delicious Mango!

There are many different species and subspecies of Mango. They all come from the genus Mangifera, and the most common is known as Mangifera Indica, the “Common Mango.” Mangoes are native to Bangladesh (where they are the national tree) and India, and the Phillippines (where they are a national fruit). More mangoes are sold than any other fruit in the world, and they have been part of mankind’s diet for centuries.

Mango trees themselves are not just fruit producers-they are a tall and beautiful tree in their own right. The young leaves are red, changing to a dark glossy green as they mature. Small white flowers appear in spring; they grow at the end of the branches and have a scent similar to Lily of the Valley. The Mango we all know and love is an oval shaped fruit which comes in pretty shades ranging from a green unripe mango to a deep red, ripe as you like version.

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The must-have edible tropical plant - Taro (Colocasia esculenta)

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Taro (Colocasia esculenta) is tropical perennial plant which is native to Southeastern Asia and Southern India. This leafy plant is also commonly grown for its starchy and edible tuber. The tuber, or root, is a popular ingredient in Polynesian cuisine, and is often used as a substitute for potatoes. Additionally, the Taro plant leaves may also be eaten.

Taro is also known by a variety of other names in different regions. The plant is also known as Dasheen or Cocoyam. Taro is also sometimes called “elephant ears”, a name given in reference to the appearance of the plant’s leaves.

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Vanilla, How to grow Vanilla Plants & Vanilla Pods

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Growing Vanilla Plants (Vanilla planifolia Orchid)

Vanilla Planifolia is the official name for Vanilla, the plant which produces the distinctive brown pods which yield Vanillin, the subtle vanilla flavouring that has been used in cooking and flavouring for centuries.

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