Ginkgo biloba, or maidenhair tree, has been described as a ‘living fossil’ because it is the sole survivor of an ancient group of trees older than the dinosaurs.
Aloe vera has been described as a wonder-plant. The colourless jelly-like leaf parenchyma tissue is used in an extraordinary array of everyday products, from dishwashing liquid to yoghurt.
Finger millet is one of the most nutritious of all the world’s cereal crops being rich in essential amino acids, iron and calcium. Finger millet also has many medicinal uses.
Sweet chestnut is a medium-sized tree that is widely cultivated for its edible nuts contained in prickly husks.
African rice is a staple food in West Africa prized for its delicate taste, its ability to withstand flooding and its resistance to pests and diseases.
Widely cultivated for its delicious fruits, banana is one of the most economically important crops in the world.
This legume is valued for its edible seeds which are high in protein and are eaten throughout the world. Lima bean also has a number of medicinal uses.
This beautiful and economically important crop plant is grown mainly for forage, but is also consumed by humans. Alfalfa also has a number of medicinal uses.
Sorghum is one of the world’s oldest cultivated crops. Grown in over a hundred countries it is the fifth most widely grown cereal crop after wheat, rice, maize, and barley.
Pearl millet is a hardy crop able to survive harsh arid conditions and poor acidic soils where wheat rice, maize, sorghum and barley are unable to grow.