Carpobrotus edulis
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Carpobrotus edulis

hottentot fig

  family aizoaceae 
  genus carpobrotus 

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Genus  Carpobrotus Species  edulis Variety  Cultivar  Common names  hottentot fig Family  AIZOACEAE Specimen number  S2682 Data source  GrUnFr p163
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Evergreen Stature  Groundcover Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes 
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The fruit is fleshy green in color ripening to a shriveled brown, fig-like appearance. It is sweet and nicely acidic. Among its many possible uses in the kitchen, Carpobrotus edulis is often used in jam and as syrup. Hottentot fig is most often used fresh.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Seed   Cutting Pollination method  Self fertile Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Partially hardy Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh   Jam   Syrup Nutritional value  Edible parts  Fruit Description of edible parts fleshy green in color ripening to a shriveled brown, fig-like appearance Flavor / texture  sweet and nicely acidic
Horticulture notes  No special fertilization is necessary for Carpobrotus edulis to produce fruit. Hottentot fig is often propagated by seed or using a cutting. This plant is thought to originate from South Africa.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Carpobrotus edulis is a woody perennial. Hottentot fig is evergreen.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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