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Mescal plant (Agave americana)

2.35 €

An agave native to Central America, which was formally believed to flower only once a century, but does in-fact blossom every 20-30 years. The liqueur or mescal obtained from its sap is known as the real tequila providing it stems from the Mexican state of Jalisco in which the town of Tequila leis. Fermanted sap also provides pulque.
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Tea (Camellia sinensis)

2.95 €

The rare seeds of this important plant (Great Briton boasts an annual tea consumption of 180 000 tonnes!).
5 Seeds

Growing instructions
Tropical shrub or tree. The hard seed coat should be carfully filed or nicked a little to improve watering, then soaked in warm water for 24 hours. Sow in moist and warm slight acid soil....

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Sinicuiche (Heimia salicifolia)

2.55 €

An Aztec sacrament, an infusion made from the leaves is said to cause relaxing intoxication with distorted hearing and yellow tinged vision. It was also used as a fertility control.
400 Seeds

Growing instructions
This small shrub should be gown as a pot plant in the north. Tolerates no frost. Prefers a well-drained sandy ...

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Asian thorn apple (Datura metel)

1.95 €

In India datura metel is central to various rituals. In combination with hemp it is smoked in honour of Shiwa.
10 Seeds

Growing instructions
Sow early spring indoors. Pot up the seedlings into individual pots as soon as the first true leaf appears and plant them out after the last expected frosts....

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Prickly pear

1.95 €

The figs harvested from this particular cactus are regarded as a delicacy in many southern countries. In Mexico the succulent leaves are prepared like vegetables.
30 Seeds

Growing instructions
Sow seeds in sandy soil. Do not cover the small seeds, but press gentle into the earth. Keep seeds in constant moisture with tempe...

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Thai basil (Ocimum basilicum)

2.15 €

Best eaten raw, Thai basil lends its spicy flavour to traditional Vietnamese noodle soup, pho.
250 Seeds

Growing instructions
Sow early spring indoors. Pot up the seedlings into individual pots as soon as the first true leaf appears and plant them out after the last expected frosts or grow as a potplant....

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Jam bean (Pachyrhizus erosus)

2.95 €

Culitivated in pre-Columbian times this bean has persevered and found its way into many of todays Mexican dishes, raw as well as cooked. In Malaise the mild white fruit is eaten with fermented prawn sauce. The seeds are toxic.
10 Seeds

Growing instructions
Sow early spring indoors. Pot up the seedlings into individual po...

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Yard long bean (Vigna unguiculata)

2.45 €

Before the garden bean was imported from Latin America, this African variety was cultivated in Europe. If met with the warm conditions it requires, the pods will grow up to one meter in length.
30 Seeds

Growing instructions
Sow early spring indoors. Pot up the seedlings into individual pots as soon as the first true leaf ...

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Angles trumpet (Brugmansia suaveolens)

2.55 €

A tropical nightshade with large, white, scented trumpet blossoms and a hallucinogenic effect. Caution: The whole plant is very poisonous and is particularly dangerous for children!
10 Seeds

Growing instructions
Brugmansias are be grown as pot plants in the North. Bottom heat greatly speeds u...

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Mucuna (Mucuna pruriens)

2.95 €

The seeds of this tropical climbing plant are considered an aphrodisiac in India and the Amazon jungle. Medically recognised as containing a substance used in cases of Parkinsons disease.
5 Seeds

Growing instructions
Sow early spring indoors. Pot up the seedlings into individual pots as soon as the first true leaf appears...

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Betelnut (Areca catechu)

4.95 €

In Asia Betelnuts are sliced and chewed in a wad of betel pepper sometimes with lime. In fact there are many ingredients, which can be added according to individual preference. Often these additives are grown in specialised betel gardens amongst betelpepper plants... The uplifting package turns teeth and saliva red and dulls the appetite.
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Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis)

2.95 €

Sap bleed from the toothed, fleshy leaves provides a remedy (aloe-gel) for many ailments: Brochitis, eye-infections, weak immune-system. Well known in American Indian culture.
10 Seeds

Growing instructions
Sow seeds in sandy soil. Do not cover the small seeds, but press gentle into the earth. Keep seeds in constant moistu...

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Tree-tomato (Cyphomandra betacea)

2.55 €

Despite its name this bushy Brazilian plant does not carry real tomatoes. The red, egg-shaped fruits are nevertheless worth their while either eaten raw or made into jams and jellies.
30 Seeds

Growing instructions
Tropical plant for greenhouse or indoor growing. Sow seeds in moist and warm (27 C / 80 F) slight acid soil....

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Habanero pepper (Capsicum chinense)

2.55 €

World famous for their uncompromising heat, Mexican habanero chillies are handled with great caution, minuscule amounts of the tiny fruits spice up a large variety of Mexican dishes.
40 Seeds

Growing instructions
Sow seeds late winter to early spring indoors. The seed usually germinates in 3 - 4 weeks at 20 C (68 F). Po...

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Saw palmeto, Sabal (Serenoa repens)

2.75 €

Fruits of this dwarfed tree are the source of a highly intoxicating palm wine. They are also celebrated as an aphrodisiac and respected as a medicament.
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Growing instructions
This plant is one of the hardiest of palms and succeeds outdoors. Tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10C. The seed is best s...

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Robusta Coffee (Coffea canephora)

2.55 €

Coffea canephora is commonly referred to as Robusta Coffee. Robusta is a lower-growing and caffeine-rich variety that is used in espresso blends. Coffea canephora is more hardy and disease-resistant, and grows better in the sun than arabica.
10 Seeds

Growing instructions
Tropical plant for greenhouse or indoor growing. ...

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