Herb: Blue Sausage Fruit


Latin name: Decaisnea fargesii


Family: Lardizabalaceae (Lardizabala Family)



Edible parts of Blue Sausage Fruit:

Fruit - raw. A sweet taste, but rather insipid. A very nice delicate flavour according to our palates. The fruit looks like a bright blue sausage or broad bean pod and is up to 10cm long. You peel off the skin in much the same way as you would peel a broad bean pod, this reveals a line of seed running the entire length of the fruit surrounded by a relatively thin layer of flesh.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Deciduous
Shrub

Height:
4 m
(13 feet)

Flovering:
June

Habitat of the herb:

Moist woods and thickets to 1600 metres. Mixed forests, scrub on mountain slopes, wet area in ravines at elevations of 900 - 3600 metres.

Propagation of Blue Sausage Fruit:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame, it then usually germinates freely in early spring. Sow stored seed in February in a greenhouse. This usually germinates well, within 1 - 3 months at 18C. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow them on under protection for their first winter. Plant out in late spring after the last expected frosts. Cuttings.

Cultivation of the herb:

Moist woods and thickets to 1600 metres. Mixed forests, scrub on mountain slopes, wet area in ravines at elevations of 900 - 3600 metres.

Medicinal use of Blue Sausage Fruit:

None known

Known hazards of Decaisnea fargesii:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.