What Does Purslane Look Like? Introduction To Edible Weeds

During my farm tour, a visitor pointed to a purslane plant and asked me if it was edible. Before I could respond, he was already sampling the leaves.  At the time, I did not know much about edible weeds. Thankfully, it was a Common Purslane, and he was delighted by the taste. However, this encouraged … Read more

What Is Mimosa Pudica? Everything You Need To Know

Most people consider Mimosa Pudica a pesky weed with sharp thorns that prick your feet as you pass. In contrast, others collect it as an entertaining ornamental. However, there is so much more to this plant! Mimosa Pudica is a creeping, leguminous plant native to the Caribbean and the Americas but is now grown internationally. … Read more

What Is Lippia Alba? Irresistible Benefits Of Bushy Lippia

Many elderly individuals consider Lippia Alba as one of the most effective traditional remedies for common ailments.  Known locally as Santa Maria, Lippia Alba is a flowering, perennial shrub native to the Caribbean and the Americas. It is a popular member of the Verbenaceae family, with several scientific studies confirming its medicinal benefits.  This article … Read more

6 Differences Between Jamaican Oregano And Italian Oregano

I always knew that there were differences between Jamaican Oregano and Italian Oregano but assumed they were simply different varieties. However, I got a bit confused when I found out that some people consider them one and the same. So, I did some research. Jamaican Oregano is a perennial, tropical shrub belonging to the Verbenaceae … Read more

Lippia Micromera: Little Known Truths About Jamaican Oregano

My Jamaican Oregano plant became the subject of a debate when a  visitor identified it as Spanish Thyme, while his wife referred to it simply as Thyme.  After a brief investigation, we were pleasantly surprised to discover that we were all somewhat correct. Lippia Micromera, also known as Jamaican Oregano, is an aromatic herb native … Read more

What Is Spanish Thyme? 8 Things You Should Know (Pictures)

Spanish Thyme, known locally as Big Thyme, is a soft-stem perennial herb used to season many Caribbean and East Indian cuisine and is valued for its medicinal benefits.  Its scientific name is Plectranthus Aboinicus. It is a member of the mint family, with a flavor similar to Oregano. Since I remember, we’ve always had Spanish … Read more

10 Differences Between Syntropic Farming And Permaculture

While looking for methods to create a food forest in my backyard, I came across Permaculture and Syntropic Farming.  I was fascinated by the similar results both systems produced.  However, I soon noticed subtle differences in their philosophies and objectives, impacting their approach to system design and food production. Let’s look at 10 differences between … Read more