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Pushkraj

A tropical garden with some temperate surprises

Piper longum

  • Season Icon Mid SpringMid Spring 2017
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Pushkraj

Here's another unique #spice plant from my flower-show haul. Indian long Pepper is an aromatic spice that is hotter than its cousin, the black Pepper. The plant grows as a #perennial #vine that flowers in monsoon and fruits in winter. The fruit turns #red when it ripens and turns black when dried. It is believed to aid digestion and improve the body's metabolism. #herb #pepper #longpepper #NewOnGT #piper #rare #medicinal #kitchengarden #climber #gyo #herbal

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Pushkraj

@latebloomer @drumadixit

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Pushkraj

Thanks @latebloomer - I'm not sure why I collect them; I don't like the direction in which the world is heading. Some of these are endangered in their natural habitat, ie the Western Ghats (I really recommend you google this region, it's a UNESCO site and one of the world's biodiversity hotspots). One day, I intend to grow a massive biodiversity park, and a formal garden within it. I do love roses and the like dearly, but I think that the "aesthetically plain" species are of greater importance.

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Pushkraj

Absolutely! The western ghats are spread over several western states, mine being one of them. In Maharashtra, we call them Sahyadri but other states call their share of the region something else. In monsoon, the ghats are a must visit!! Also google "Kaas plateau" whilst you're at it 😊 I'm sure you'll appreciate it! @latebloomer

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Pushkraj

I'm fortunate that my mum got me into it at a very early age. Even today, it's

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