A ‘Trinbagonian’ Christmas is not complete without a refreshing glass of sorrel drink. Our ‘Early Red’ sorrel plants can grow up to 1.5 metres tall and bear in 5 months. ‘Early Red’ can be planted during the June-July period to ensure bearing occurs just in time for the Christmas season. Plants grow best in full sunlight and well-drained soils.
Sorrel (Early red and Year-round Variety)
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Sorrel is native to West Africa, but is also found in India where it is locally called Chukai. The young shoots and leaves are eaten either raw or as a cooked vegetable while the swollen calyces of the flowers are used in the preparation of beverages, preserves and jellies. Bast fibre can also be collected from the stem and utilized to make rope, yarn and/or textiles.
Pumpkin is a very versatile as all parts of the plant can be utilized for food. The fruit is used both fresh and processed. It can be baked, steam, boiled and processed into a powder for use in drinks and soups. The leaves and flowers are cooked and eaten and even the seeds are roasted and consumed. Pumpkins constitute a good source of vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, B and C.