One of the highlights of the TAU Botanical Garden is the Daphna Carasso Garden of Tropical Plants. We recently established a new section in the tropical greenhouse, dedicated to utility tropical plants. This collection comprises large and small species of different life-forms, most of them used as food sources and some for medicinal purposes. Among the plants found in this collection is the papaya (Carica papaya) – an herbaceous tree-like plant, originating in Central America. Its large fruits are sweet, edible, and popular worldwide.   Some parts of the plant are also used in medicine. Other species of utility plants found in this collection are black pepper (Piper nigrum), pineapple (Ananas comosus), and coffee (Coffea Arabica).

Photo: Moshe Peri

Pineapple , Photo: Moshe Peri