Gardening

PandanPandanus amaryllifolius

Origin – Tropical Asia

Gorgeous long green strappy leaves with smooth edges to about a metre high, pandan could easily pass as an ornamental in your garden. This is but one species of around 600 native to the tropical world. The spiky tall one with big nuts is the one likely familiar to most people. Popular in Asia and beyond as a flavouring in food and also for weaving. There are some medicinal uses too. Start this adventure with a pandan pup

PatchouliPogostemon cablin

Origin – Tropical Asia

Growing to one metre, patchouli is a perennial herb with both medicinal and culinary uses. Plant
out in full sun or part shade after propagating by seed, cuttings or root division.
Not only is patchouli an attractive plant you can eat the leaves as seasoning in cooked foods or
raw in salad. It’s nice to walk past and rub the flowers and enjoy the lovely scent on your fingers.

Monstera Deliciosa   – Monstera deliciosa

Origin – southern Mexico

Also called the Fruit Salad Plant monstera deliciosa is a tropical winner and an attractive plant to boot, often used as an ornamental. Large, lush dark green leaves with separations in them grow on a vine with aerial roots. It can grow up to 20 metres up a tree.
After about 3 years, the plant produces an amazing white sheathed fruit with very small flowers that bloom from between the hexagonal skin parts. The fruit is ready to pick when, about a year after it was borne, the hexagonal scales at the base of the fruit start to separate.
Pick and eat only the flesh where the hexagonals separate. It will take between 4-7 days to eat a fruit. The fruit can sometimes give a needle like sensation in your mouth from the oxalates it contains. This fruit is recommended only for the very patient! Take cuttings from an existing plant and keep in moist soil until the roots set.

Jo Martin, Grow Food Plant in Cairns, FNQ

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