The Orchard Bloom
In Goa, the seasons are marked not so much by the changes in the climate but by the agricultural produce. It therefore follows that the onset of summer is the most awaited for all the fruit bearing trees that flower sometime from the months of December onwards. These flowers are watched with attention and the period of the fruit bearing is approximately predicted. With commercial ventures, most of these age-old systems have died and the newer methods get an enhanced produce but more often this is insip and lacks the readiness of the seasoned fruit of yore.
Fruits like the tart Jagomas, Advachim foddam and Ottom are now extinct except in some rare areas. This being the case The Orchard Bloom, at Ancestral Goa, attempts to preserve very strictly this aspect. Each tree not only carries information about its nutritional value but also about its medicinal value. The historical reasons of the why and wherefore of the fruit’s growth are also expounded upon, here. The unusual Chuarinn is a humble shrub and its sweet and sour black berries are a high source of vitamin C and also have tremendous medicinal value.
The Orchard Bloom is a space of difference that captures the essence of the Goa of the past, at its very best.
Humble roadside shrubs like the neolkantto, the periwinkle, the kiraittem are today almost non-existent because of various aspects of development. These little plants have tremendous potential in their small little leaves, fruit and succulent stems. This medicinal value, the household tips and the various rare and invaluable pointers are part of the vast array of plants that line the Medicinal Pure.
A solitary walk along the various areas where over a hundred different basil plants are growing is a rejuvenating experience that is unparalleled. Organic fertilizers, no toxic sprays and a clean and green hiatus are the highlights of the Medicinal Pure.
Where do you get to see Mint plants of Chocolate, Eau de cologne, spicy and many other exotic varieties?
Spice Green houses the exotic food coloring tree, the luscious green strands of pepper, curry leaves and basmati flavoring slivers of leaf. Cinnamon, Cardamom and coffee plants are the aromatic hub along the path that has the unusual five-spice shrub.
Latin: Punica Granatum
Parts Used: Roots, bark, flowers, fruits and seeds.
Bleeding Piles: Take a tsp of the powder of the dry rind of pomegranate with butter milk to arrest the bleeding.
Blood in motions and Diarrhoea: A decoction of equal parts of Kutaja bark and pomegranate rind powder is taken
with a tsp of honey.
Distaste: Saunph and pomegranate seeds should be pasted and held in the mouth to clear the unpleasant taste.
Tastelessness: The juice of pomegranate, rock salt and honey should be held in the mouth for a few minutes and
Bleeding from the mouth: The powder of the rind of pomegranate fruit should be licked with sugar and honey.
Prevent Abortion: In threat of abortion during the 5th month of pregnancy, the powder of the leaves of pomegranate
and sandal powder should be taken frequently with yoghurt and honey.
Firm Breasts: An oil is prepared with the paste of the fruit and sesame oil are applied on the breasts regularly for firmness.
Latin: Syzygium Aromaticum
Parts used: Dried flower buds
Vomiting: Fry a couple of cloves, powder them and add a little honey to it for licking down slowly to stop vomiting.
Stye: In this eye infection, paste clove and apply on the spot to reduce inflammation.
Tooth cavity: Drop a little clove juice into the dental cavity to numb the nerve endings and bring down pain. You could
even chew the cloves as such for same effect.
Headache: Clove oil is a celebrated remedy for both headaches and toothaches. Even pasted clove can be applied
to the head as a counter irritant to relieve headache.
Coughs: Even longstanding coughs can be rooted out by constantly chewing cloves. Some cloves in a glass of hot
milk will also serve the purpose.
Subside Thirst: Especially in intestinal disorders when there is constant thirst, the peel of cloves should be pasted and
taken with hot water.