Saturday, 6 May 2017

Sour fig

Sour fig; Carpobrotus edulis

Image result for Sour fig plantThis succulent plant has been used as a groundcover and has naturalized along the Pacific Coast from Oregon to Baja. In its native range, it has many uses. The fruits are ripe after they turn brown and the soft insides are eaten as-is or made into jelly. Juice from the leaves is gargled for throat infections and is reported to be effective for diarrhea and giardiasis. Juice from the leaves is also used to treat diaper rash.


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