Bilva is a tree sacred to Shiva and hardy to about 20 degrees Fahrenheit. They are calling this "bael fruit tree" but it is known in Ayurveda as bilva or bilwa and almost all parts of the tree are used medicinally. In English, the tree is sometimes called Bengal quince or stone apple. It has a beautiful fruit and is considered among the most sacred of all plants by Hindus.
Black Walnut, glycerite (no alcohol), 2 oz. Juglans nigra
The Cherokee used the nut as an anthelmintic, especially for tapeworms. Peter Holmes adds roundworms to the list. Black walnut has laxative properties but is well tolerated. It relieves lymphatic congestion, presumably mainly in patients with parasitic infections.
Carob, open pollinated, 7 seedsCeratonia siliqua
Carob is Mediterranean plant that likes full sun and fast draining soil. It is not very frost tolerant, but does well in the right place. The seeds should be deeply scarified and dropped in boiled water and then left overnight or longer. The seed needs the water before it will germinate. Plant the seeds 1-2 inches deep. The trees take a long time to mature and one needs both male and female plants so several trees should be planted. Years from planting, the pods can be eaten raw or cooked as a chocolate substitute or as animal fodder.
This edible persimmon is native to the Eastern U.S. and hardy to minus 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Like most persimmons, the fruit is astringent until ripe and marvelous once ripe. It has beautiful bell-shaped flowers that are beloved by pollinators, especially honey bees. The trees can grow 50 feet tall but since they do not branch out, they can be planted 20 feet apart. The seeds should be planted one inch deep in gallon pots shortly after receiving them.
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