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6 things you (probably) didn’t know about Spekboom

6 things you (probably) didn’t know about Spekboom

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Sure, Spekboom is pretty to look at but there is so much more to this indigenous plant. Here are some things that make it so spek-tacular (sorry, not sorry)

Sure, Spekboom is pretty to look at but there is so much more to this indigenous plant. Here are some things that make it so spek-tacular (sorry, not sorry)

6 things you (probably) didn’t know about Spekboom
Sure, Spekboom is pretty to look at but there is so much more to this indigenous plant. Here are some things that make it so spek-tacular (sorry, not sorry):

It helps save the planet

Spekboom is a CO2 crime-fighter. The plant acts as a sponge absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Hectare for hectare, Spekboom thicket is 10x more effective at removing carbon dioxide from the air than the Amazon rainforest. Make way air-purifiers, Spekboom is coming through.

You can eat it

Spekboom (scientifically known as Portulacaria Afra) is also called “Elephant's Food” which makes sense seeing as the elephants of Addo Elephant Park have been known to eat up to 200kg of Spekboom per day. And humans can eat it too (score!). We found a couple of recipes you can try at home here. Spekboom and blueberry smoothie? Um, yes please!

It’s local so it’s lekker

This indigenous evergreen plant is found predominantly in the Eastern Cape.

It is drought friendly

When it comes to low-maintenance, Spekboom wins again. The plant can survive on as little as 250 – 350mm of water per year. So, it is basically Cape Town drought friendly. Fun fact: Spekboom has photosynthetic powers which means it can adapt to just about all weather conditions – from drought to frost (again, relevant to Cape Town weather conditions).  

It is super easy to plant

Spekboom doesn’t need formal planting. Break a piece off and stick it in the ground in an area that gets lots of sun. So, there’s no excuse not to plant 10. Which leads us to our final fact…

THERE IS A SPEKBOOM CHALLENGE!

People are encouraging each other to plant Spekboom. The reward? Oh, just saving the planet. We are calling on our community to get involved in the #spekboomchallenge and we’re also going to sweeten the deal. The first 100 people to tag us (on Facebook or Instagram) in their Spekboom post will receive a limited edition t-shirt from T-Shirts for Change!

For more info, follow this link.

Sure, Spekboom is pretty to look at but there is so much more to this indigenous plant. Here are some things that make it so spek-tacular (sorry, not sorry):

It helps save the planet

Spekboom is a CO2 crime-fighter. The plant acts as a sponge absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Hectare for hectare, Spekboom thicket is 10x more effective at removing carbon dioxide from the air than the Amazon rainforest. Make way air-purifiers, Spekboom is coming through.

You can eat it

Spekboom (scientifically known as Portulacaria Afra) is also called “Elephant's Food” which makes sense seeing as the elephants of Addo Elephant Park have been known to eat up to 200kg of Spekboom per day. And humans can eat it too (score!). We found a couple of recipes you can try at home here. Spekboom and blueberry smoothie? Um, yes please!

It’s local so it’s lekker

This indigenous evergreen plant is found predominantly in the Eastern Cape.

It is drought friendly

When it comes to low-maintenance, Spekboom wins again. The plant can survive on as little as 250 – 350mm of water per year. So, it is basically Cape Town drought friendly. Fun fact: Spekboom has photosynthetic powers which means it can adapt to just about all weather conditions – from drought to frost (again, relevant to Cape Town weather conditions).  

It is super easy to plant

Spekboom doesn’t need formal planting. Break a piece off and stick it in the ground in an area that gets lots of sun. So, there’s no excuse not to plant 10. Which leads us to our final fact…

THERE IS A SPEKBOOM CHALLENGE!

People are encouraging each other to plant Spekboom. The reward? Oh, just saving the planet. We are calling on our community to get involved in the #spekboomchallenge and we’re also going to sweeten the deal. The first 100 people to tag us (on Facebook or Instagram) in their Spekboom post will receive a limited edition t-shirt from T-Shirts for Change!

For more info, follow this link.

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