Stevia is a small perennial herb belonging to the Asteraceae family. It is commonly known as honey leaf plant, sweet chrysanthemum, sweet leaf stevia, sugar leaf, etc. Leaves are a good source of zero calorie sweeteners and the sweetness of this plant more than sugar, so it is used as a natural sweetener. Sweetness in the leaf is, due to a sweetening agent called "Stevioside". Stevia plant grows up to 2-4 feet height. Leaves are a good source of zero calorie sweeteners. It lowers blood sugar levels, hence this is considered to be a great plant for diabetic patients.
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(Syn. Aloe Barbadensis Mill., Family - Liliaceae)
This large family of succulent has around 4oo hundred varieties and the most popular is Aloe Vera. This native plant from the northern parts of Africa has been a part of ancient medicinal remedies and traditions in many cultures around the world. Caring and cultivating this plant is pain-free and the benefits are numerous, both these qualities made this plant popular and spread across the world rapidly. Aloe Vera is a short-stemmed succulent that grows up to 40 inches depending on the species. This plant also grows very successfully indoors, with minimal care which makes this plant as one of the best indoor plants.
The thick fleshy leaves contain a clear mucilaginous gel, used to cure a variety of diseases. The oral or internal use of this tasteless and odorless gel have well-known benefits. Aloe Vera has an endless list of benefits, starting from its use in the skin care and cosmetic industry to healing sunburns, itchy skin allergies and burn wounds. Internal usage helps the healing process of diabetes, hypertension, constipation, and a few gastrointestinal ailments.
Aloe Vera has very many distinctive and beautiful looking varieties and with these well-proven benefits, this plant makes an excellent choice for a gift or as an ornamental and healthy indoor plant and an easy to maintain outdoor plant.
Drumstick (Moringa oleifera Lam. Belongs to Moringaceae family, is one of the world’s most useful nutritious plants.
Sometimes called “the tree of life” or “the tree of paradise” due to it is exceptional environmental, medicinal and dietary benefits; the Moringa is a multi-purpose tree whose leaves, flowers, fruits, bark and roots can all be directly consumed.
The leaves of Moringa have more beta-carotene than carrots, more protein than peas, more vitamin C than oranges, more calcium than milk, more potassium than bananas, and more iron than spinach.
Almost every part of the moringa plant has nutritional value. Foliage is eaten as greens, boiled, fried, in soups or for seasoning. The seed can be roasted and eaten like a peanut.
Annual varieties of Moringa like ODC, suitable for pot planting or kitchen gardening in houses or terrace garden.
Papaya is a rich source of vitamin- A (2020 IU per 100 g) and vitamin-C (40 mg/l00g). It contains papain a protein digesting enzyme. Unripe fruits can be used as vegetable. Ripe fruits are used for making of Jam, Jelly, and Ice-Cream, etc. It is generally grown as fruit plant in kitchen garden, home garden or nutritional garden.
Pomegranate are very much liked for its cool, refreshing juice and valued for its medicinal properties. Its popularity is also due to the ornamental nature of the plant which bears bright red, very attractive flowers. Pomegranate fruits are most popular, nutrition ally rich with unique taste, flavour and medicinal properties. It is also rich in Riboflavin, protein, fat, sugar, pectin, Ca & Iron content. It maintains the blood pressure, treat the leprosy and diarrhoea.
Thyme is a small, perennial, evergreen shrub in the family Lamiaceae, grown primarily for its leaves which are used as a herb. Small lilac flowers borne in summers and they are quite attractive. Thyme plants are good for growing in pots or in containers with less maintenance.