Edible Plants Garden

Edible Plants Garden

Adjacent to the herbarium is a display of over 40 species of edible, wild and domesticated plants including fruit trees, indigenous vegetables and different banana species grown in the region. Most of these are local varieties either being threatened by exotic and hybrid ones or disappearing due to changes in climate, soils and as a result of human activities and other environmental factors. The wild ones are under domestication trials. Among others are over 16 varieties of bananas whose functions range from beer making, juice making, sweet bananas and others consumed as food.

TBG also provides clean planting materials for both wild and domesticated food plants of the region.

The edible plant garden contains a variety of domesticated and wild plants like local banana varieties as Mutuuli, Endyabawali, Sukaali, Bagwiremwiju, Embiira, Musa, Kisubi, Kitika, Mujuba, Enkonera, Siira, Gonja, Enyaruteere and Enyamanswali. All these conserved banana varieties can easily be found in peoples’ plantations.

Fruits such as Tree tomatoes, Naseberries, mangoes, oranges, pineapples, paw paws, guava, cape gooseberries, sugarcanes and vegetables, as Solanum nigrum (black night shade), Corchorus olitorius (Eteke), Enyamusiri, Cleome gynandra (Eyobyo), Amaranthus spps, pumpkins, root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, cassava among others. 

This section is meant to empower TBG workers and surrounding communities with crop production skills but also increase on the organizational revenue through sales. Some of the harvested food is consumed by staff improving on their nutrition as well as pass knowledge onto their families. The garden also serves as an education and demonstration centre for learning, research towards the conservation and restoration of the threatened local varieties.