Banana Plant - var. Gros Michel
Grow your own Bananas!
Gros Michel also known as "Big Mike" is the variety of banana that was popular in the US before the 1950's. Gros Michel produces delicious fruit, known for its legendary flavor.
In India, where over forty varieties are cultivated, bananas are an integral part of the culture. Upon attending an Indian wedding, one may see a banana stalk near the stage symbolizing fertility. The wedding luncheon is often served on banana leaves in Southern India.
Banana plants love warm fertile soils with consistent moisture. Full sun exposures are best, a long growing season is required to set the flowering stalk and subsequent fruits. Banana plants do best in tropical and subtropical climates, but can be grown in large containers in the Northern United States.
Turmeric -3 Rhizomes
Each rhizome is sprouted and ready to plant. Once planted it will grow into a broad leaved turmeric plant. They will multiply underground and form more rhizhomes. When the leaves dry and die the rhizomes can be harvested, dried and powdered into turmeric powder or used like ginger root peeled, and cut into match sticks, cubes or coins and added to food or smoothies.
Turmeric has many medicinal uses and is being sold as an herbal supplement. The following are some of the known benefits:
Turmeric is a natural painkiller and Cox-2 inhibitor. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.