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What can be better than a Cherry? Cherry juice!

What can be better than a Cherry? Cherry juice!
🍒 What can be better than a Cherry? Cherry juice!

  • 🍷 We discovered that Barbados Cherry (Malpighia glabra) we introduced earlier makes an excellent fresh-squeezed juice!

  • 🍷 Barbados Cherry is a vigorous grower that starts producing right away, and by the second year you have so much fruit that you don't know what to do with it - you can eat only so much fruit out of hand!

  • 🍷 Here is our Top Tropicals Signature Recipe -


🍒🥤Barbados Cherry Juice:
  1. Collect berries and rinse them with cold water
  2. In a bowl, press the fruit with a potato musher, spoon or cup, and drain the fresh juice into a cup - put the juice aside.
  3. Add a few spoons of sugar to the mush (optional), push-mush some more to extract more juice.
  4. Add to the remaining mushed pulp some hot boiled water, stir, and let sit for a couple of hours.
  5. Drain the liquid through a colander (you may add a little extra water in the process of extracting more tasty pulp out) and add to the fresh juice you made earlier. 6. Refrigerate for an hour, then serve in a clear glass to enjoy the color.


  6. 🎀 The Barbados Cherry juice made this way tastes very similar to Guava juice. It is very aromatic and tasty, and has a beautiful Baby-pink color!

    ❤️ Enjoy and stay healthy!

    🍊 Remember Barbados Cherry fruit contains 65 times more of vitamin C than an orange
    !

    📚 Learn more about Barbados Cherry

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Did you know that you can eat and drink Hibiscus plants?

Did you know that you can eat and drink Hibiscus plants? Did you know that you can eat and drink Hibiscus plants? Did you know that you can eat and drink Hibiscus plants? Did you know that you can eat and drink Hibiscus plants?
🌺 Did you know that you can eat and drink Hibiscus plants?

Who doesn't adore hibiscus flowers? But guess what? Some hibiscus species are not only gorgeous but also surprisingly practical. They can jazz up your garden and your dinner plate!

🥗 Hibiscus cannabinus - Salad Hibiscus - flowers and leaves used in tasty healthy salads and teas.

🧉 Hibiscus sabdariffa - Flor de Jamaica, Karkade Sorrel, Roselle - flowers and used for famous beverage "Agua de Flor de Jamaica" and Karkade Tea.

🫐 Hibiscus acetosella - Cranberry hibiscus - cranberry-colored flowers and leaves are also tasty and healthy in salads and teas.

Grow your edible flower landscape in no time!

📚 Learn more, with recipes: Most useful Hibiscus plants
🎥 YouTube video: Jamaican Hibiscus Tea: what's in it?

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How to always have lots of Guava Juice

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🍈 How to always have lots of Guava Juice.

  • 🧡 Psidium littorale, also known as Cattley Guava, is a charming small tropical fruit tree.

  • 🧡 Round fruits offer a unique culinary experience with a sweet and tangy flavor, perfect for various dishes and drinks.

  • 🧡 Surprisingly cold-hardy, it adds both beauty and flavor to any landscape.

  • 🧡 Ideal for containers

  • 🧡 A must-have for fruit lovers seeking a tropical treat.

  • 🧡 One tree can bring enough fruit for making a delicious, aromatic, refreshing Guava juice for the whole family during Summer months. Just put the fruit in a blender, add some water, ice and sugar and enjoy!🥤


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Why cucumbers grow on a tree? Because they are candles!

Why cucumbers grow on a tree? Because they are candles! Why cucumbers grow on a tree? Because they are candles! Why cucumbers grow on a tree? Because they are candles! Why cucumbers grow on a tree? Because they are candles! Why cucumbers grow on a tree? Because they are candles!
🥒 Why cucumbers grow on a tree? Because they are "candles"! 🕯

  • 🕯 This bizarre tree is a conversation piece and every plant collector should have one!

  • 🕯 Parmentiera edulis - Candle Tree, or Guahalote - is a highly ornamental tree with interesting leaves, pretty cream flowers and...ready?

  • 🕯One foot long fruits resembling a greenish-yellow cucumbers or candles that hang off the tree!

  • 🕯Juicy fruit is edible and has a sweet flavor similar to sugar cane. Eaten raw or cooked; used to make pickles or preserves

  • 🕯The fruit is a remedy for colds; roots used as a diuretic.

  • 🕯Easy to grow and not fussy about conditions. Cold tolerant to light frost.


🎥 10 Plants That Will Make You Happy. Plant #2: Candle Tree.

🛒Get your own Candle Tree

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What tropical fruit tree is cold hardy and easy to grow? Its Golden Loquat the Symbol of Prosperity, and it tastes like

 What tropical fruit tree is cold hardy and easy to grow? Its Golden Loquat  the Symbol of Prosperity, and it tastes like  What tropical fruit tree is cold hardy and easy to grow? Its Golden Loquat  the Symbol of Prosperity, and it tastes like  What tropical fruit tree is cold hardy and easy to grow? Its Golden Loquat  the Symbol of Prosperity, and it tastes like  What tropical fruit tree is cold hardy and easy to grow? Its Golden Loquat  the Symbol of Prosperity, and it tastes like  What tropical fruit tree is cold hardy and easy to grow? Its Golden Loquat  the Symbol of Prosperity, and it tastes like
🧡 What tropical fruit tree is cold hardy and easy to grow? It's Golden Loquat – the Symbol of Prosperity, and it tastes like apricots!

  • 🍑 Loquat tree (Eriobotrya japonica) is fast-growing, drought-tolerant, cold-tolerant, compact tropical fruit tree.

  • 🍑 Heavy producer. Fruits are juicy, aromatic, and resemble apricots. Ripen from early Spring to early Summer.

  • 🍑 Ideal for small gardens, beginner fruit tree growers.

  • 🍑 High in sugar, acids, vitamins B and C, minerals, and pectin.

  • 🍑 Eaten fresh, used in fruit salads, jams, jellies, chutneys, pies, tarts, and wine

  • Popular as a natural sweetener and for creating sauces.

  • 🍑 Grown in Japan for over 1,000 years. In China, represents gold and wealth, often included in auspicious displays or offerings for prosperity💰


📚 Learn more about Loquats
🎥 YouTube video about Loquat
📁 Overlooked fruit: tasty Loquat recipes (PDF)

🛒Start your fruit garden with Loquats

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What does a dragon taste like? Does Dragon Fruit come from a monster cactus? Learn why you need to grow your own

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🐲 What does a dragon taste like? Does Dragon Fruit come from a monster cactus? Learn why you need to grow your own. 🌵

  • 🔴 You may have tried a Dragon fruit from the store l, but do you know how it grows? On a cactus tree!

  • 🔴 Names: varieties of Hylocereus and Selenicereus - these fruit bearing cactus plants are also called Dragon Fruit or Pitaya.

  • 🔴 Commercially grown fruit sold in a grocery store may be tasteless. You need to grow your own good variety to have tasty, sweet, flavorful fruit!

  • 🔴 Dragon fruit comes in many varieties. Colors of flesh differ: white, pink, dark red and even purple. The outside of the fruit can be red/pink or yellow.

  • 🔴 In commercial groves, Pitayas grow like cactus trees, over a strong support - big "umbrella frames" ☂️

  • 🔴 It is an easy plant, with low water needs, takes both sun and semi-shade.

  • 🔴 Our favorite variety is Yellow Dragon Fruit Palora, (Selenicereus megalanthus). It is the sweetest and has the most flavor of all. We shared some recipes earlier.

  • 🔴 Can be grown in container with a wooden trellis. And the flower is beautiful, too!🪷


📚 Learn more about Dragon Fruit
🍹 Recipe: What to do with a Dragon fruit?

🛒Grow your own Tasty Dragon Fruits

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18 most popular herbs: where to use each herb?

18 most popular herbs: where to use each herb? 18 most popular herbs: where to use each herb? 18 most popular herbs: where to use each herb? 18 most popular herbs: where to use each herb? 18 most popular herbs: where to use each herb? 18 most popular herbs: where to use each herb? 18 most popular herbs: where to use each herb? 18 most popular herbs: where to use each herb? 18 most popular herbs: where to use each herb? 18 most popular herbs: where to use each herb?
🥬 18 most popular herbs: where to use each herb? 🍲

  • 🌿 Arugula - Green salads, pasta sauce
  • 🌿 Balm - Iced drinks, salads, poultry stuffing
  • 🌿 Basil - Tomato salad, any past dish? home-made pesto, garnish
  • 🌿 Catnip - Sauces and stews, for tea
  • 🌿 Chervil - Soups, green salads, as a garnish
  • 🌿 Chives - Cream cheese, potato salad, green salads, sauces
  • 🌿 Cilantro - Stews, rice, salads, salsa
  • 🌿 Dill - Fish dishes, pickles, ptato salad
  • 🌿 Lemon grass - Oriental stir-fry, for tea
  • 🌿 Marjoram - Italian dishes, stews, soups
  • 🌿 Mint - Add to potatoes, peas, cucumber, carrots, mint sauce, mint tea
  • 🌿 Oregano - Italian and Greek dishes, green salad
  • 🌿 Parsley - Butters, pasta dishes, as garnish
  • 🌿 Rosemary - BBQ, roast lamb/chicken, fish, fried/baked potatoes
  • 🌿 Sage - Stuffing, add to poultry, mix with cream cheese
  • 🌿 Sorrel - Soup, serve with fish, pastries
  • 🌿 Tarragon - Fish, chicken, sauces
  • 🌿 Thyme - Stocks and stews, add to pasta


📸 Basil, Catnip, Rosemary, Oregano, Cilantro, Sage, Terragon, Lemon grass, Mint, Thyme

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Do you know why this plant is caged?

Do you know why this plant is caged? Do you know why this plant is caged? Do you know why this plant is caged?
🌐 Do you know why this plant is caged? Because it's so tasty!

🦌🐇🐿🦝 Yes indeed, we protect it from all kinds of visitors: deer, bunnies, squirrels, raccoons...

Because it's our favorite food and don't want to share! 🙄

Yuca Root, Cassava, Tapioca - variegated form Manihot esculenta cv. Variegata makes not only a great meal but a beautiful ornamental, as we mentioned earlier. Besides culinary value, it is simply a stunning little tree!

🥙 Plant several plants in your garden and you will never run out of healthy food. Try this vegetable and you will never want French fries!🍟

‼️ Don't be shy to harvest the roots - this plant is easy to regrow from cuttings, so you can have your crops year round.

📚 Learn more about Yuca Root

🍲 Cassava Fries Recipe

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Longevity Spinach Superfood Recipes: how to make healthy food delicious

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👨 Longevity Spinach Superfood Recipes: how to make healthy food delicious.

Can healthy food taste delicious?

Healthy Longevity Spinach... It tastes like... spinach? You can add it to your salads, but let's face it, you can only eat so much of a salad. So try it cooked - you will be so surprised and want to eat it every day!

🍳 Eggs with Longevity Spinach

You will need:

🌿 Longevity Spinach or Okinawa Spinach: 2 handfuls
  • 🥓 1 cup Bacon (optional), sliced or chopped, or: 2 tbsp Olive or vegetable oil

🧅1 large Onion, sliced in semi-rings
🫑 1 sweet pepper, red or yellow, sliced
🧄 3-5 cloves garlic, chopped (optional, to taste)
🥚 5-6 eggs
🥓 1 cup ground beef or turkey/chicken (optional), or mushrooms
🧀 ½ cup shredded cheese (regular or Parmesan)
🧂 salt and pepper to taste
🌶 Sweet Chile Sauce (optional. Tastes great with this dish!)
  • 🍷 a glass of your favorite wine or cocktail to enjoy your dinner 🍷


Preparation time: 10 min
Makes dinner for 2

🥣 Open detailed recipe

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