Taste of Jamaica Medicinal Herb Garden and Farm increases after COVID-19 | New

As Jamaica slowed to a near standstill during the COVID-19 lockdown, St Ann Lascelles business couple and Elizabeth Broderick have been working tirelessly to improve their herb garden and farm, near Hinds Town in St Ann.

It’s a task that has seen their Authentic Taste of Jamaica Tour, launched in 2017, evolve into Taste of Jamaica Medicinal Herb Garden and Farm, now a multi-faceted entity that boasts one of the largest ranges of herbs and herbs around. Jamaican spices, which it also exports. , offers eco-friendly and educational tours for local tourists and students, as well as the most delicious Jamaican dishes.

From an agricultural perspective, Taste of Jamaica offers on a combined basis dozens of medicinal plants and spices, fruit trees and animals including rabbits, chickens and goats.

According to Lascelles: “We started creating this place long before COVID. COVID happened and that’s all we did during COVID because there was no more touring so we just kept planting stuff and preparing for post COVID and that’s what we did . This is the result now.

“It is well accepted by foreigners and locals. Everyone who comes here loves it and says they will be back. That’s the answer we’re getting,” he added.

The Brodericks would gladly tell you that Taste of Jamaica Farm is the ultimate medicinal herb farm in Jamaica with an endless inventory that includes well-known and little-known herbs such as: regular ram, guinea fowl, dog’s blood, blue verbena. , broadleaf plantain, reem, pennyroyal, medina, search mi heart, pepper Elder, periwinkle, john charles, woman piaba, duppy gun, devil’s horsewhip, hyssop, yesterday-today-and-tomorrow, tuna, aloe vera, among others.

Well-known flowers such as Joseph’s coat, croton and hibiscus are also present and are part of the host of plants with medicinal value.

Crops include pineapple, maize, bean, banana, yam, coffee, coco, potato, peas and orange.

And Taste of Jamaica Farm is where you go if you’ve never seen a curry tree!

“It’s a self-sufficient farm,” said Elizabeth the gleaner. “Our goal is to teach people about the herbs we have in Jamaica and their uses,” she added.

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Taste of Jamaica Farm is targeted at students studying agricultural sciences, as it is believed that they could gain valuable information to help them with their exams.

Said Elizabeth: “It’s a place they should come to. What we plant are things that a lot of people don’t plant overall. You won’t find what we have here anywhere else.

“Taste of Jamaica is a lesson in Jamaica and once you come here you will get to know Jamaica and our plants that people crave all over the world, and the way the world is going now, most people abandon pharmaceutical medicine. It’s a knowledge based place so once you take the tour you will learn a lot.”

She lamented that Jamaicans generally do not appreciate our local herbs and suffer from a lack of knowledge that leads them to destroy valuable plants on a normal basis.

“They don’t really realize the beauty of it and how much it can help them. When they are sick they go to the doctor and get their medicine, they don’t go back to when their grandmother boiled the two herbs – they don’t know.

“Take a simple thing like a spanish needle. If you cut yourself you can get the spanish needle, squeeze it and put it on the cut and it helps heal it because the spanish needle is a powerful antibiotic, some people don’t don’t know these things.

Authentic Jamaican cuisine is part of the experience with popular dishes such as ackee and saltfish, callaloo, jerk chicken, festival, curried goat, rice and peas available.

“It’s a farm to live with several dishes made with produce grown on the farm.”

With the growing popularity of the herbs grown there, Taste of Jamaica Farm has embarked on another side of the business, which is the export of Jamaican herbs.

“We export the herbs, that’s what we do. We ship all over the world, even to countries in Africa,” Lascelles said.

During the current medical crisis, verbena, a flowering plant, has proven to be a popular herbal item for export.

“Since COVID, most people ask for verbena because they say verbena helps with respiratory issues. And men go for roots because it helps with stamina and things like that.

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Terri S. Tomasini