acidus (L.) Skeels
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- Hope - GRENADA
- Prospect - GRENADA
DescriptionLvs glabrous, Branches like pinnate leaves, to c. 50cm long with 25-40 lvs.
InterestPhyllanthus means leaf flower; as some species (eg P.epiphyllanthus) have falttened leaf- like branches, as if a leaf bearing flowers around the edge. In grenada, a cooling tea is made from the leaves, and used as a mouthwash to treat sore throats (Politi, 1996). The small, yellow, sour, single seeded fruit is sometimes eaten fresh but its most commonly used for making a sweet stew, dried fruit or red dried fruit. CANDIED DAMSON 2 Kg Damson (seeds optional) 2 Kg sugar 1.0 g Red Food colour (optional) 5 g Citric Acid 4.5 Kg water Salt 10 g to taste Spices (Cinnamon, clove, bay leaf) Black pepper (optional) Method 1. Blanch for 2 minutes 2. Cool 3. Prepare a syrup using the sugar and water. Add spices, salt and/or black pepper and/or colouring 4. Cook damson in syrup 5. Add citric acid or lime juice 6. Wash damson (deseed if desired) 7. Transfer to a clean sterilized bucket or container. 8. Let damson stand in syrup for 4-5 days. 9. Drain from syrup. Dry if desired.
CollectorW.D. Hawthorne, S.Cable & D. Jules
LocationGarden in town.
NotesTree 8 m tall. LEAVES: US midrib impressed; LS tertiaries darker. FLOWERS: cream-white. (RHS colour code: Leaf upper =146A, below=138B)