Jaltomata procumbens, Saracha procumbens, Creeping False Holly, Jaltomate

Jaltomata procumbens, Saracha procumbens

Creeping False Holly, Jaltomate
Family: Solanaceae
Origin: Central America, Mexico
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterUnusual colorEdible plant

Jaltomata procumbens, commonly known as Creeping False Holly, is a small shrub native to Central America, Mexico. It is grown in USDA hardiness zones 9-11, and is considered an evergreen in mild climates. Generally, it grows between 2-5 ft and requires full sun or semi-shade, as well as regular to moderate water.

Known for its unusual color and texture, the leaves of this plant are oval-shaped, dark green and glossy, with a slight serrated edge, with white, waxy makeup. Blooming from spring to summer, the white-yellow flowers produce a harmless, edible fruit in the shape of a small, orange cherry. It has a slight sweet-sour flavor and can be eaten on its own or used to flavor sauces and marmalades, as the Aztecs used to do.

The fruit of Jaltomata procumbens is a good source of antioxidants and other health benefits, including aiding digestion and helping control blood sugar. It is rich in vitamins C and K and contains minerals like phosphorus and magnesium.

Jaltomata procumbens can be grown in pots with the right soil mix and environment. Generally, the pot should be deep enough to hold the developing roots, or else should be replaced when the plant grows bigger. The soil should be well-draining and prevent water stagnation. In cold regions, the pot should be moved inside during winter, as the plant could suffer some frost damage.

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Jaltomata procumbens, Saracha procumbens, Creeping False Holly, Jaltomate

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