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Archive for April, 2013
We went over to a friends house yesterday to break in my new machete. We left with a trunk full of green coconuts, and a lot of information about how to plant our own trees, how to tell which are the sweetest for drinking, and where those little brown coconuts in the grocery store come from. We brought home a few that are ready for planting to bring up to the project today. He tells me in only two years time we’ll have full grown trees!
He just showed me how to tell when they’re sweet, and cuts one for me to taste. He tells me the extra space inside is for adding rum. ;)
Yup, that hits the spot, right there.
Here he shows us how to plant a tree. The coconut itself is the seed and when they fall off the tree they eventually sprout and some of them mature into trees. You’ll see just below the many fallen coconuts ready to be planted somewhere.
The roots that have begun to grow must be cut off before planting them in a different location, this way they’ll grow into the ground nice and strong.
Then, it’s only partially covered.
And voilà! A coconut tree is on the way. Neat, huh?
I took a little stroll in the backyard to check out the chickens while my machete got sharpened.
So those hard brown coconuts in the grocery store? They’re just the core of the old ones.
It was a pretty productive morning, I’d say! :)
It’s a common site in CR to see someone on the side of the road selling green mango slices. Last week I had the chance to try them for the first time at a friends house. We picked a bunch right off her tree and feasted while gossiping and watching macaws fly above the Pacific ocean from her backyard! What a life, huh? They taste ridiculously good, like, sour candy kinda good. It’s almost like a hybrid between a granny smith and a mango. If you’re into tart flavors like me, go out and get yourself one, or two, or three, or TEN! I can’t believe how I missed out on this when we lived on that mango farm in Atenas because we left while the mangos were still mostly green!
If you ever do want to try them, I’ll tell ya how to do it like a tico. Peel them. Then cut around the pit at the widest part, same as you would do with an avocado. Crack it open and remove the white pit in the middle. Slice the halves into strips and you’re ready to snack like a tropical goddess.
Once sliced, they are usually sprinkled with salt or lime juice. I ate them plain, they were perfectly delicious.
Everyone needs a friend with a mango tree! ;)