Pachira aquatica available in Thailand and Laos

For a long time I did not know the proper name Pachira aquatica, money tree, Malabar chestnut, French Peanut, Guiana chestnut for those trees growing in my Thai and Lao garden. I had first seen that fast growing Pachira aquatica tree in Caracas,and called mine at Discovery Garden Pattaya and Nong Khai “Caracas nut”. Only when I showed pictures of Pachira aquatica on my Facebook account a reader in Iran could identify that interesting tree.

Pachira aquatica trees have beautiful flowers and an interesting nut

Pachira aquatica trees have beautiful flowers and an interesting nut

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Thai Araucaria angustifolia for sale

We have Araucaria angustifolia (Parana Pine, Brazilian Pine) plants for sale in Thailand and Laos. These conifers are native to Brazil, but nowadays widely grown as ornamental trees in subtropical areas. Araucaria angustifolia is an evergreen tree that can reach a height of 40 meters if planted in Thailand and Laos. It produces edible seeds. Inquire about price and availability of Araucaria angustifolia and how we can deliver to your location in Thailand or Laos: hansfritschi1957@gmail.com

Our Araucaria angustifolia plants are about 30 cm high

Our Araucaria angustifolia plants are about 30 cm high

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Discovery Garden: Thai baobab trees slowly come of age

Only two years ago we could plant twelve baobab trees at Discovery Garden Pattaya. After one year we had to replace three. Now we had to replace another one about two weeks ago. The difference in size is startling. It makes a huge difference whether you keep a baobab tree in a container or plant it into the ground. Baobabs take off as soon as their mighty roots can properly expand in the ground.

This is the baobab alley at Discovery Garden Pattaya.

This is the baobab alley at Discovery Garden Pattaya.

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About cloves and nutmeg grown in Thailand, Laos

Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) are the dried aromatic flower buds used in Western and Thai as well as Lao cuisine. Originally they came from the Maluku Islands in Indonesia but are nowadays also grown in Thailand, Laos and other tropical countries. At Discovery Garden Pattaya and Nong Khai we have clove and nutmeg plants on display and for sale.

Cloves are the dried flower buds of Syzygium aromaticum

Cloves are the dried flower buds of Syzygium aromaticum

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Thai strawberry guava trees bear lots of fruits

Few Thais and foreigners have ever seen strawberry guava trees (Psidium cattleyanum) nor tasted the delicious little red fruits. At Discovery Garden Pattaya and Nong Khai we have planted several cherry guava (another name) trees that bear a lot of fruits. We also have quite big Psidium cattleyanum trees for sale in Thailand and Laos.

Strawberry guavas are small and tasty in Thailand and Laos

Strawberry guavas are small and tasty in Thailand and Laos

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Making chocolate from Thai cocoa

Visit our “Chocolate Academy” and learn how you can make your first home made chocolate from fresh Thai cocoa. At Discovery Garden in Pattaya we not only grow Thai cocoa seedlings, we also ferment cocoa and make a basic homemade chocolate. It is easy, if you know how to do it.

Cocoa grown in Thailand can be processed to chocolate

Cocoa grown in Thailand can be processed to chocolate

If you want to learn how to make your own homegrown Thai chocolate, you can visit our “Chocolate Academy” at Discovery Garden Pattaya. The next dates scheduled are

November 21 and 22, December  19 and 20.

Reservation is essential since the number of attendants is very limited. Inquire about those events and costs: hansfritschi1957@gmail.com

We also can arrange your private “Chocolate Academy”, minimum attendants are five persons.

Basic Thai chocolate is made in Pattaya

Basic Thai chocolate is made in Pattaya

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