La Cach (Premna serratifolia)
La Cach is a small tree / large flowering shrub in the Lamiaceae (mint) family of plants. It flowers and fruits between May and November. During flowering season, it attracts a large number of butterflies and bees! La Cach always gets a lot of attention during our Food Forest Tours due to it's unique appearance, beautiful deep purple berries and eye-catching flowers. It has a shrubby habit and makes a great ornamental hedge. La Cach plants flower and produce fruit year-round.
The young leaves and tender shoots are typically cooked and eaten as greens or used to wrap meat or veggies with and grilled. The leaves, flowers, and roots of La Cach are also known for their purported medicinal qualities in the Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani systems of medicine.