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Archive for April, 2013

Beach or Pool?

We couldn’t decide.

Nadi tree

sand castle

beach play

Nadi beach

Nadi ocean

sand dollar

sea shell

making a castle

at the beach

yellow coconuts

iguana

pool feet

Lucius pool

mommy & baby

Monterey pool

Sera pool

Monterey swim

pink flowers

star fruit Nadi

bird bath

pink flower

pool side

 

Coconuts, Machetes, and Chickens.

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!

machete ready

coconut tree

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.  ;)

opening coconut

Yup, that hits the spot, right there.

drinking coconut water

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.

baby coconut trees

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.

planting coconut

Then, it’s only partially covered.

planting coconut 2

And voilà!  A coconut tree is on the way.  Neat, huh?

coconut planted

Que rico!

Sera drinking cocnut water
I took a little stroll in the backyard to check out the chickens while my machete got sharpened.

hen

another hen

rooster

machete sharpening

So those hard brown coconuts in the grocery store?  They’re just the core of the old ones.

opening coconut

opening coconut 2

opening coconut 3

old coconut

Adrian coconut

It was a pretty productive morning, I’d say!  :)

trunk of coconuts

 

Green Mangos

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!

mangos on tree

Vane with mangos

cutting mangos

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.

slicing mangos

Once sliced, they are usually sprinkled with salt or lime juice.  I ate them plain, they were perfectly delicious.

Jimena mango

mango bowl

mango tree

mango slices

Everyone needs a friend with a mango tree!  ;)

 
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