Local Heart, Global Soul

Learning More About Our Food, We Wonder If The Giant Is Still Around…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In the summer of 2013 Family Kiwidutch headed off to the south coast of England on holiday and during our trip we visited The Eden Project in Cornwall.

Like many people we have little idea of what some thing look like growing, I for instance have travelled in the tropics and seen lots of tobacco, banana, papaya and banana plants but I had for instance no clue how cashew nuts grew.

Here at the Eden Project’s rainforest biome we get to see a wide range of crops and especially for my children even the humble banana was an eye opener.

They hadn’t believed me when I’d told then before  this visit that the ‘hands” of bananas grow upside down on large stalks, and that there are lots of bunches on one stalk, but here they could see them for themselves and they were more than a little bit impressed.

I also grab their attention when I spot a tiny green gecko, a beautiful little creature who froze long enough for me to get a photograph but which scurried away at speed as soon as someone moved. There were informational boards explaining local legends of  how the Baobab tree  got it’s shape, (apparently a giant came along and uprooted it, replanting it with the roots facing skywards) and a milky drink made from the Baobab which we tried but none of us particularly liked. Nothing ventured nothing gained, we at least gave it a go.

Baobab the African tree of life …

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

bambara groundnut …

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

cashew nuts…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

cocoa and chocolate …

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

coffee…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

tobacco…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

bananas…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Papaya…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

 

 

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