At the entrance of our botanical garden is our kadushi tree. During the tours we tell the characteristics of this special cactus. The Kadushi (Cereus repandus) can be recognized by its gray-green color at the branches that grow upwards. The flowers are greenish-yellow and sometimes slightly pink. It flowers in the evening and then spreads a distinct scent. The fruits have a long shape and have a lilac-red color on the outside when they are ripe. The fruit is called tampa˝ß. As a child we made lemonade from the fruits. Kadushi soup is one of our specialties here in Curašao. Kadushi was used a lot because it is powerful. Older people say that a well-prepared plate of kadushi soup even brings the dead back to life; the kadushi is that strong.
The use of herbs and their medicinal effect goes back to the very beginning of our history.
The earliest civilizations already used plants instinctively for both nutrition and healing. Also, the ancient Egyptians practiced herbal medicine - at a particularly high level. The Jewish people know clergymen who heal people with herbs. Around 460 BC, the father of medicine, Hypocrates, works in Greece. The Romans use herbs and flowers in various ways. In China, herbal systems have traditionally been developed for therapies. Native American Shamans and indigenous African cultures use herbs for healing and rituals.
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