Larb, spicy beef salad made in Thai style and bamboo shots, Ep.34

Without grass there would be no spicy beef salad or Larb. First of all the cows eat it the stuff and turn it into meat. The sticky rice traditionally served with Larb belongs to the grass family as well as the roasted rice in the beef salad. And even the boiled bamboo shots are – biologically spoken – members of the grass family. Hans Fritschi has just planted Black bamboo at Discovery Garden Nong Khai whereas the Golden bamboo has longer been rooted at this Northeastern Thai Botanical Garden.

Bread making with stuff available in Thailand, Ep.33

To make a crusty bread is easy in Europe where an abundance of different flours are widely available. Hans Fritschi shows a way how you can produce a decent bread with materials that can be found all over Thailand where supply in general is very limited. We use all purpose and whole wheat flour, salt, yeast and water. The result is a crusty and tasty home made bread.

Two majestic Thai trees have to be felled, Ep. 29

Two giant trees at Discovery Garden Pattaya have died and pose a severe risk for the visitors and our gardeners. Burflower trees (Neolamarckia cadamba) are fast growing, beautiful and useful, but when they have to be removed this is quite a challenge due to their sheer size. Will the six wheel truck be able to reach their position? In the end our Thai experts succeed in their dangerous and difficult tree felling task, the collateral damage is minimal. To describe the double tragedy in a positive way: We also gain space to plant something new.

The suicide tree is often planted in Thai gardens, Ep.28

A very decorative tree is called Pong Pong or Cerbera odollam. It creates very pretty white flowers and funny green balls that look a bit like green Mangos. But do not take a bite! The fruit contains two highly poisonous seeds and that explains its third name: Suicide tree. Its seeds are often used for murder since they are highly effective and difficult to detect.

Seven types of Baobab in Thai garden visited, Ep.27

Baobab trees are giants and can live for thousands of years. The best known Baobab is the African Adansonia digitata and at Discovery Garden Pattaya we have huge trees of that type for show and sale. Besides the African Baobab there is one from Australia and seven from Madagascar. Hans Fritschi has grown seven out of the nine Baobab types.

Exotic nut tree and Bratwurst at Pattaya Botanical garden, Ep.26

After more than three months in Nong Khai Hans Fritschi travels to his Pattaya Botanical garden. The most obvious change there is the return of water, everything is green now. The rare Malabar chestnut trees produce stunning flowers and later tasty seeds. They are tasted by famous Thai food bloggers Khun Yut and mother. The two experts find the exotic nuts equally delicious as the home made Bratwurst. And they just love the beauty of Discovery Garden Pattaya.