Caesalpinia bonduc, also known as Grey Nicker, is an evergreen perennial creeping vine or creeper native to India. It is an ethnomedical plant that is well known for its medical applications. The leaves and flowers are edible, as are the fruits. Not only are the fruits edible, but they are also full of health benefits, containing high levels of proteins, minerals, vitamins, and carbohydrates.
This prolific plant thrives in full sunlight or semi-shade and requires moderate water for growth and survival. The fruits are an attractive yellow or orange color, and when ripe, can be eaten raw or cooked in oil. Caesalpinia bonduc can produce up to 25 fruits from a single plant.
When grown in USDA zones 9-11, it is important to ensure that Caesalpinia bonduc is grown in a pot in cooler regions. When selecting a pot, it is important to opt for one with a drainage hole to allow excess water to escape. The potting soil also needs to be well-draining and light, with a slightly acidic pH. To keep the plant healthy, apply a balanced fertilizer monthly.
Overall, Caesalpinia bonduc is a robust creeper that is an excellent addition to any garden. Not only is it visually attractive, but it is also a useful ethnomedical plant and provides a healthy source of food. It is easy to care for and, when planted in the right conditions, can quickly produce a large crop of fruits.