donkey weed

donkey weed

This medicinal herb which is used in Jamaica and many other tropical and sub-tropical countries around the world is still revered by many.

The soursop fruit, also known as Guanabana in the Spanish-speaking islands, has many uses as in making juice and ice cream. However, the leaves from the tree are used to make tea for such ailments as diabetes and nerves problems. And quite frankly, it is very inexpensive to make. I use to drink it every morning because it cost nothing to pick a few leaves from the soursop tree, boil them in water for a few minutes and in no time you have a delicious tea.
What else would you call these hot Jamaican bush tea drinks anyway? You could come up with any number of names you like, but the “elders” would surely ignore you. Unless you come up with a name that makes children learn to love “cerasse tea.”

These warnings can make an herb disappear quickly from the general roster. Well, Donkey Weed has not been talked about too much; first of all it grows only in gravel, or in the middle of railroad tracks among the stones and gravel.
In fact, in my early childhood we were bribed with candy and our favorite sweet snacks whenever the “drenching” was to take place.
That’s not healthy at all when you consider that the trains deposit small amounts of grease and diesel fuels onto the tracks all the time. So for many reasons unknown to us, this bush is left out of the annals of Jamaican bush tea history.
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The ginger root is also used to make tea. But ginger tea is very rarely used, if at all, for breakfast. Many people make ginger tea to aid in digestion, cure “bad feelings,” cool down, and remove mucus from one’s system. It is also combined with Pepper Mint to make Ginger/Mint tea. Ginger is cultivated on small farms around the island and it seems like there is an endless supply of this root. I say this because I have never heard of ginger being scarce. Ginger/Mint tea bags are available in packs nowadays.

In truth, some of these bushes (herbs) have been analyzed by some doctors and scientist over the years, but the conclusive evidence is not completely in agreement with regard to the local beliefs.

Jamaican Bush Tea…delicious herbal blends.

The donkey weed (Stylosanthes hamata) can grow on various types of soils, which include lighter, inferior quality soils. It can also adapt to humid areas having very high rainfall. It can establish itself around settlements, disturbed areas and along roadsides.

Generally, the donkey weed is harvested by grazing. Nonetheless, this herb can also be harvested as a green feed. On the other hand, it can be harvested like a hay crop and used to feed animals, especially in the dry months. This plant is nutritious for animals and can be fed to animals as a protein supplement.
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Donkey weed or Stylosanthes hamata is a sub-shrub (shrub-like plant) or herb which grows perennially. In other words, this plant grows year after year. However, donkey weed can also be an annual plant.
The pods of this species are single-seeded and erect. They are segmented. The upper segment of the pod is glabrous and has a beak (hook) and it measures anything between 6 mm and 7 mm long counting the hook’s length. The kidney-shaped seeds are molted, deep brown and measure 2 mm to 2.5 mm in length. In fact, donkey weed has a numerous varieties of genotypes each different from the other in their ploidy. The Diploid type of donkey weed can adapt to different latitudes, rainfall ranges and altitudes compared to the tetraploid varieties. Two tetraploid cultivars of donkey weed (Amiga in 1988 and Verano in 1973) were released in Australia as pasture legumes. Compared to the Verano cultivar, Amiga produces additional perennial plants as well as seeds when grown in drier and cooler locations. It is worth mentioning here that generally diploid genotype of donkey weed is not cultivated as pasture legume.
In fact, rice stubble grazing is a low nutrient feed. But supplementing it with donkey weed pastures created on paddy banks have helped to enhance the nutrient content of cattle feed.

The Amiga and Verano cultivars of donkey weed have been successfully used as pasture legume, especially in the arid pastures in northern Australia as well as in India, Nigeria, Thailand and several countries in western Africa. Fruit-bearing donkey weed plants can be harvested and fed to cattle in the form of a protein supplement during the dry months as this plant bears fruits quite early and its seeds are rich in protein content. It has been proved that the Verano cultivar of donkey weed is a useful cover crop and can be grown within cash crops kike sorghum, kenaf, cassava and maize. This legume crop effectively suppresses weed, controls soil erosion and enriches the soil with nitrogen. Verano special pastures like those created on rice paddy banks and even roadsides have proven to be very successful in northeast Thailand.

Description of donkey weed, its habitat, medicinal uses, and other useful tips.

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