Artful nests to impress the females

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.

Severe pink pollution in the garden

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.

Meet my unique strawberry tree

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 smallest passion fruit of the world

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.

A first cashew nut approached with a drone

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.

Growing cocoa from seeds

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.

Smoking a delicious sausage containing cabbage

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.

Meet the eggfruit at a Thai Botanical Garden

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.

Tropical nut: First flowers after nine years

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.

Smoking ham with Thai tropical wood

If you want to eat home made smoked ham in Thailand, you first have to cure meat for ten days in the fridge. Hans Fritschi picks the smoking wood from his luscious tropical garden and thus turns ordinary meat into delicacies. Adding a home made potato salad to that simple meal turns the whole culinary experience into a feast.