Clitoria racemosa or “Sombrero” is a beautiful flowering tree from Brazil. It grows very quickly and thus provides shadow fast. It produces decorative green beans. But the most stunning thing about that unique tree are its flowers which resemble the clitoris.
Many males try to lure attractive women into their beds. Most use expensive cars, jewelry or outright money for their sinister endeavors. The Baya weaver, a sparrow like bird, uses artfully built nests as such a sex trap. If the female is impressed with the building abilities of her temporary male companion she will gladly pay with carnival pleasures. Since both are polygamous, the construction craze will go on and on and on.
Suddenly there were those pink (plastic?) particles all over the garden. What was this about? Almost all of that pink pollution turned out to be organic. And now we can hope for a huge harvest of plumb like fruits in about two months time. The bees are having a ball right now.
Ever since I heard that there are strawberry trees in Thailand I wanted one. And suddenly one day I was very lucky and detected one in my garden in Pattaya! One of its suckers I took to Discovery Garden Nong Khai where it has grown tremendously since. I was always enthusiastic about my unique strawberry trees whereas most Thai people were little impressed….
The Passiflora foetida produces spectacular flowers and attractive red passion fruits. They are the smallest passion fruits of the world and taste quite sweet. Therefore the birds like them too and distribute them all over the garden. The Passiflora foetida can be seen at Dicovery Garden Pattaya and Nong Khai (Thailand) where you also can order seeds.
Have you ever seen how cashew nuts are grown? At Discovery Garden Nong Khai Hans Fritschi detects the very first cashew nut. In order to get close up pictures he uses a drone that flies right up to the cashew apple and that lonely seed. Not only is the seed edible, the whole fruit turns out to be delicious as well.
If you want to make chocolate from your own garden, you have to grow cocoa first. Cocoa trees can easily be grown from seeds. Just use fresh seeds, do not burry them too deeply into the soil and water frequently. Within Thailand you can aquire fresh seeds from our Discovery Gardens Pattaya or Nong Khai.
When the battle of Grandson took place in 1476 the Swiss general in charge did not have enough meat for his soldiers. So he added cabbage and boiled grind to a newly created sausage. Needless to say, he won the battle, probably due to that excellent “saucisse aux choux” that has since become a specialty of French speaking Switzerland. At Discovery Garden Pattaya we prepare such sausages in this episode.
Poucheria campechiana, Canistel, Eggfruit or Mon Kai are just some names for a yellow tropical fruit we grow at Discovery Garden Pattaya and Nong Khai. The consistency of the yellow flesh reminds one of boiled egg joke, though it is sweet. It can be processed into creamy deserts, cup cakes or eaten in a yoghurt. The eggfruit can be easily grown from seeds or from seedlings. We can send eggfruit plants within Thailand to your place.
It took nine years until a rare nut tree from Venezuela delivered first flowers today at Discovery Garden Pattaya. The so called “Money Tree” aka Pachira insignis is the rarest tree of the Pachira family. And the stunning flowers that appeared now for the first time was well worth the extended waiting period. Now we wait for the first edible nuts of the unique Pachira insignis.