2017年5月15日 星期一

Cucumber

Cucumber (cucumis sativa) belongs to the gourd family. It is a creeping vine that bears fruit and used as vegetables.

Cucumbers planted in the Farm are the East Asian cucumbers variety with mild, slender, deep green and  bumpy, ridged skin.







Cucumbers are usually pickled in brine,vinegar or other solutions and left to ferment for a period of time.

Cucumber are also served as juice and is used in "many natural beauty cream and cosmetics products.








I took these photos from the organic garden of Toucheng Leisure Farm.

Guests at the Farm can pick organic, fresh and juicy cucumbers from the garden and eat it 
there.

Welcome to enjoy this memorable moment.

2017年2月6日 星期一

Taro (edible) and Taro (non-edible)


At Toucheng Leisure Farm, two kinds of taro plants grow. One is edible but one is not.
How do you tell the difference?

Below I took pictures of both plants for your information.

Taro's scientific name is Colocasia esculenta. its roots are used as vegetables for ite edible starchy
corm. Leaves and stalks are edible as well.  







While another taro (non edible) is Alocasia macrorrhizos. Its sap can irritate your skin due 
to the presence of calcium oxalate crystals when touched.

Its giant heart-shaped leaves can serve as an impromtu umbrella on a sudden
downpours.






Looking at it many times, can you tell the difference?

A cup of water poured on its leaves can clearly identify the big difference.

If you come to Toucheng Leisure Farm and met me, I'll be glad to tell you!!

Welcome!!



2017年2月4日 星期六

Leafy vegetables grown at the Farm




Green leafy vegetables are very important part of our daily diet. They contain many plant nutrients
necessary for our health and well being. The are low in calorie, fat, high in protein, dietary fiber, Vitamin C, and many more.


Lettuce


An excellent source of Vitamin : and A, beta carotene, folate and iron.



Chinese leek
they  are used as flavorings or as substitute for garlic,
or chives, with the same nutritional content



Broccoli;

Also an excellent  source of Vitamin A and K and the dietary mineral manganese,



Sweet potato leaves:

Very rich in fibers and minerals.


 Carrots

Very rich in Vitamin A and K, and especially beta-carotene



We want to grow healthy, happy and long for longevity. Vegetables are the ingredients for  
\ this wish.

Toucheng Leisure Farm can help you attain this wish, we have all the ingredients you need.

We would like to share them with you..

Welcome.

2015年5月9日 星期六

Quinoa

Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) is a grain crop grown for its edible seeds. It has been called
a Supefood!.A study about this grain was conducted and  found out that quinoa is a source of complete protein.

Here at the Farm, we are lucky to plant and produce this grain and know its importance and value to us and our environment.



The plant in its first stage.




See the flowering quinoa plant.



Its mature seeds.


Harvested and dried under the sun.


There are many ways to cook this grain just like rice, but its too tiny and fragile that 
many are wasted during harvest time.

Year 2013 was declared by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Year of Quinoa. besides other reasons why it was declared, one of its objective is to draw the world's attention that
quinoa' has a  role in providing food security, nutrition and poverty eradication in this world of ours.

You can still see the quinoa plant in our garden. Come to see it for yourself!

Welcome!!!

2015年2月20日 星期五

Tea Tree

                                                                             

Tea Tree  (Melaleuca alternifolia) is a native of Australia and the [primary specie  for the commercial production of tea tree oil. They belong to the myrtle family Mytaceae.

Tea trees were used as a traditional medicines by inhaling the oil from the leaves which is crushed to treat coughs and colds.

According to WebMD:  Tea tree oil can kill bacteria and fungi. It is used as complementary therapy in surgery, burn care and so with dental care purposes.

Today, you will find shampoos, dish detergent or other cosmetic products with tea tree oil content.

Here at Toucheng Farm, we are lucky to have trees growing right at our garden.

Aloe Vera plant

The Aloe vera plant is used in herbal medicine since the 1st century AD.
It's extract is also used in cosmetics and alternative medicine for its rejuvenating, healing or soothing properties.


Its thick and fleshy leaves are green and turn to grey-green as it matures. It is a naive of Yemen, Somalia and Sudan.



Aloe vera is widely grown as an ornamental plant and blooms orange-yellow flowers.

This environmentally useful plant can also be consumed as a beverage or drink.


Spain has dedicated an Aloe Vera Museum to prove that this plant is indeed precious and deserve
recognition in our world. This Museum shows the production system for growing and harvesting the Aloe plant.

Also in this Museum, they show the types of Aloe Vera species including the therapeutic applications for skin, cardio-vascular system, respiratory systems and many more.



Here at Toucheng Leisure Farm, we grow Aloe Vera plants to help us identify its kind and prove its environmental value to all who visit us.

2014年10月28日 星期二

Wild edible vegetables

Wild edible plants and vegetables were our ancestors' food during the ancient times to survive.
They discovered food growing in the wild or forest.
 
Wild edible vegetables grow naturally strong, pest-resistant, fertilizer free and naturally rich!
Usually they have thick fiber and some taste quite bitter.
 
Some wild edible vegetables still strive even to this day, and they are grow or grow abundantly at Toucheng Leisure Farm.
 
I give you some of the wild vegetables at the Farm's vegetable garden:
 
Denseflower loosestrife herb: (photos 1 and 2)
 
 
 
 
Sweet potato leaves: (photo and 2) 
 
 
 
Wild edible vegetables has unique characteristics, for example purslane (photo below)
has sour taste.
 
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Others are sticky, has bitter taste and rich in fiber.
 
Wild edible vegetables can save us economically with the rising cost of food, besides it free and
 grows 
around us abundantly. It can also add nutrition to our diet. Wild food can help treat various medical condition. (Ask  professional aid for safety use).
 
Most importantly we can save the earth by consuming more wild vegetables.