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Maqui / Chilean wineberry
The maqui has been cultivated for centuries by the Mapuche Indians in Chile for their healthy black-purple berries. The berries are about half a centimetre in size en have a lovely taste which is comparable to that of a blackberry. They can be eaten fresh or dried, but are also processed into jam, juice, wine and the Chilean chichi. The Mapuche also used the berries as a traditional medicine against fever and diarrhoea. In nature, the species is a small tree that can reach a height of 5 meters and can be kept as a container plant at a minimum temperature of -5 degrees Celsius. The plants are dioecious, so that there are both male and female plants. Female plants also produce berries without pollination: even seedless in that case.
First soak the seeds for 24 hours in lukewarm water. Then sow them in sowing mix and germinate them at 25degC. Keep the soil constantly moist.
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Photo 2: Jardin Exotique de Roscoff