Organic Sea Grapes

There are numerous health benefits associated with sea grapes which makes them all the more beneficial, ideal, and easy plant to grow organically for your own health.

Health Benefits

  1. May Relieve Inflammation -Protein, calcium and polyunsaturated fatty acids in the omega3 group are found in the sea grape which helps to relieve inflammation and some symptoms of arthritis.
  2. Improves Memory and Eyesight – The unsaturated fatty acids AA, LA, DHA, EPA and ALA in the fruit helps to strengthen memory and eyesight.
  3. Improves Heart Health – The fatty acids also reduce cholesterol and maintains the collagen structure of the arteries. In addition, they also prevent oxidation and increase elasticity blood vessels. They also help to prevent cardiovascular diseases such as stroke.
  4. Aids in High Blood Pressure – For people with high blood pressure sea grapes maybe use to reduce blood pressure. this is because the fruit contains Calcium potassium and vitamin D which increases the ability to maintain normal blood pressure and to promote excretion.
  5. Prevents Constipation – Sea grapes helps to prevent constipation because it is low in calories and sugar, allowing the food to be digested quickly by the good bacterium and the waste excreted quickly.
  6. May Prevent Goiter – Goiter may be prevented by consuming 30 grams of sea grapes a day which provides an adequate amount of iodine for necessary for thyroid.
  7. Healthy Hair and Skin – Sea grapes are rich in fat which helps to protect cell membranes lower the permeability of the vessel wall improve elasticity thus reducing the symptoms of dry skin. The fruit is also rich in vitamin A and C and is capable of producing amounts of antioxidants and collagen which helps to slow down symptoms of ageing and improve the health of hair and skin.

Sowing

Sow seagrape in sandy, well-drained soil, preferably in full sun. Sea grapes propagate quickly from seed, which must be gathered and sown as soon as the fruit ripens in late summer. Make sure the seed is Non-GMO. The seeds are not dormant and require no pretreatment or scarification to successfully germinate, but you must remove them from the fruit and thoroughly clean them before sowing to prevent rot and mildew.

Alternatively, the sea grape propagates easily by cuttings. To propagate by cuttings, sever a branch during the beginning of spring and replant as soon as possible in a combination of peat moss, organic potting mix, and sand. Make sure to keep the cuttings moist and in a sunny area, with good drainage. The seedlings can grow in a container until they become large enough to transfer into the ground.

Sea grapes at The Organic Street

Potting and Repotting Seagrape

Repotting is generally not necessary for the sea grape. They can be cultivated in a pot and then transferred. Once they outgrow their pot, there’s really no reason to repot them. If the roots are protruding from the pot and the plant is still very young, they can be transferred to a larger container or grow bag.

Temperature

Sea grape needs warm temperatures; it is not frost-tolerant, and temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit will most likely kill them.

While sea grape is largely disease free, there are two pests of note. The seagrape borer is a native moth that bores into twigs and small branches, killing them and the attached leaves. The damage is usually minor. There is also a nipple gall that raises red bumps on the upper surface of the leaves.

A note for gardeners hoping for fruits: sea grape is dioecious. This means that individual plants are either male or female. Fruiting occurs only on the female plant. To encourage pollination and fruit set you may need to install both a male and a female plant if there is no sea grape growing nearby. Sea grape fruits ripen in the fall and can be made into jelly or eaten raw.

Harvest

sea grapes generally ripen in the fall, ranging in colour from lime green to dark purple. But for picking and harvesting sea grapes, you’ll want to choose the medium purple ones.

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