THANKS to Apple Wang of Flying Cow Ranch who is in Manila (June to July) for her English lessons, we finally got the botanic name of the berries we photographed during our trip to Taiwan in August 2014. This is the Sambacus chinensis with brilliant red berries growing at the butterfly garden of Flying Cow Ranch in Miaoli.
Upon seeing the photo we posted in this blog, friends who are into floral arrangement immediately said that the berries could be excellent material for use in floral arrangements. Apple Wang says, however, that it is best as butterfly food.
A search in the internet reveals that granules of Sambacus chinensis “showed significant protective effects against many kinds of chemical and immunological liver injuries.” Research also shows it has promising use against hepatitis.
We have since grown the seeds that we got from Flying Cow Ranch in our farm in Teresa, Rizal. One of them which we planted in a rubberized container has already flowered. We are anticipating the brilliant berries in a few months.Watch for developments.