Curry Leaves Health Benefits
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Curry leaf tree is tropical to subtropical tree which belongs to Rutaceae family. It’s native of Asia. Curry tree produces small, white, fragrant flowers that become small, black berry-like fruit. Curry tree fruit is edible but seed is poisonous and must be remove prior to use.
Curry Tree Contents
Curry tree contains active constitutes like bismahanine, murrayanine, murrayafoline-A, bi-koeniquinone-A, bismurrayaquinone, mukoenine-A, mukoenine-B, mukoenine-C, murrastifoline, Murraeyazolinol, murrayacine, murrayazolidine, murrayazoline, mahanimbine, girinimbine, koenioline, xynthyletin, koenigine-Quinone A and koenigine-Quinone B.
Curry tree description
Curry tree is a small tree, grows up to 4-6 meters. Trunk size may grow up to 40 cm diameter. The aromatic leaves are pinnate with 11-21 leaflets. Each leaflet 2-4 cm long and 1-2 cm broad. The plant produces small white flower, which can self-pollinate to produce shiny black drupes containing single, large viable seed. The berry pulp is edible. This pulp has a sweet flavor.
Curry tree is native and are prominently used in Southern and Western parts of India. They were then spread by Indian migrants. Curry trees are widely cultivated in Asian home gardens. Curry leaves can be found in special markets and stores in the India, Shri Lanka, Bangladesh, Burma, Fiji, South Africa, Malaysia, Europe And United States.
Curry leaves are aromatic and medicinal. This leaves are used in Indian Cooking. It's Shape is tea drops. curry leaves are shiny and having vibrant green color. These leaves have lemon scent and a distinct, pungent taste.
Curry leaf nutritional values
Curry leaves rich in Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fiber, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron and other minerals. Curry leaves are also good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E.
Curry tree grow and care
You can easily found curry plants or seeds in Asian market. Curry tree typically propagated by rooting cutting but you can also try growing it from seeds. You need best quality seeds.
Curry tree growing from seeds
You can grow curry leaf tree by planting seeds. Actually, Planting with seeds is lengthy process because if you are trying to grow curry leaf tree from seeds, it may take two years for growing. If you want to try growing curry leaf tree with seeds you should purchase fresh dried seed for the best chance of germination. Before planting the dried seeds, remove the hard outer shells by rubbing the seeds, which are actually the pits of berries, between your hands. If that method doesn’t work, put the seeds in the plastic bag and roll the rolling pin over them.
If you are using fresh berries, soak those berries for 24 hours to extract seed insides. After soaking you can gently rub off the flesh and pulp surrounds the seeds.
To grow curry leaf tree indoors, sow them a third of an inch deep in potting soil and it moist. You can cover the container with the plastic wrap with hole poked it in to retain moisture. Seeds need soil temperature at least 65ºF to germinate. If needed, you can use heat mat for the germination of seeds. The germination rate of seeds is pretty low, so try planting several seeds per cell to improve your chances to producing a healthy plant.
When your curry leaves plant is about six months old, it’s time to start pruning.
Curry leaves tree planting from cutting
In the spring, cut a three to six inches piece of stem that has at least three sets of leaves from mature and healthy plant. Clip the branch as close as possible to the main stem and then cut base at 45 degree angle. Remove the lowest set of the leaves and dip the bottom in rooting hormone powder.
Fill a container with soil less potting mixture. Poke a hole in the potting mixture. Insert the cut end of the stem in it and bury it an inch deep. Place the container with an area at least six hours of indirect sunlight per day.. Keep the potting mixture moist. Mist the cutting every day until, roots have become established.
Curry trees can grow in a full sun to part shade location. If you are trying to grow curry tree in cooler region, then place the container in full sun. You should be careful about temperature that should not exceed 40 ºF.
If temperature climbs to 100ºF, keep them in partially shady spot.