Castor seed with the botanical name; Ricinus communis, is the sole species of the monotypic genus, Ricinus, of the subtribe, Ricininae and family, Euphorbiaceae. It has beautiful and intricate designs.
* Castor seeds contain between 40-60% oil that is rich in triglycerides.
* These seeds are fresh, healthy brown coloured seeds.
* Suitable for plantations in arid and semi-arid regions.
* Possesses structures that aid in the absorption of water after plantation.
* It produces a very tall plant with huge dark red leaves and pale creamy flowers.
* It is the source of Castor oil which has various uses.
* Its season is annual.
* It begins to germinate between 7-14 days.
* Produces a tropical plant; the Castor Oil Plant that improves the look of a landscape.
* Grows best in well-amended soil and under a temperature range of 65-70 F.
Benefits of Castor seed
* Castor seeds can be used in the production of paints, varnishes, and lubricating oils.
* They can also be used for birth control, leprosy and constipation.
* It’s oil, the Castor Oil can be used externally on the skin to soothe aching muscles and for dry skin.
* Castor oil is used in vitamin preparation and in some oral and injectable drugs.
* Castor oil also contains antiviral and antimicrobial properties.
* Castor oil stimulates hair growth and also assists in the healing of wounds.