Edible Plants You Should Try at Home

Segment: Edible Plants You Should Try at Home
Episode: 10
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane
TX Date: 25th April 2020

Autumn is when more exotic fruits start to deliver harvests, and a lot of edible plants are well worth investing in.

  • The papaya, or the similar paw paw, is not always the most popular fruit, but it is incredibly good for you.
  • Eating papaya aids in digestion – just a small amount after a meat heavy dinner will assist in rapidly processing the food, reducing reflux and heartburn. This is due to enzymes found within the fruit.
  • It is easy to grow papaya from seed – if you plant now you will get many plants. They can be planted in pots and kept in a warm, sunny spot such as a glasshouse. In October/November, you can move them outside.
  • Stevia is a great sugar replacement. Originating from South America, it is 30 times sweeter than sugar with barely any calories.
  • The yacon, or ground apple, is a root vegetable that is a great source of fibre, and is incredibly good for your gut health.
  • To eat it, simply harvest the tubers, give them a wash and eat them raw. They are a sweet plant, similar in texture to an apple or pear.
  • The yacon goes great in salads, and can be left in the ground after harvesting to produce more tubers.
  • The sugars within the plant bind to existing sugars in your system and flush them out before you absorb them, reducing your blood sugar levels. Eating a small amount has been proven to reduce body weight by as much as a kilo per month.
  • To grow yacon, plant in a large tub or sunny garden bed and feed it with a controlled release plant food. Be prepared to harvest from autumn right into mid-winter.