Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Niche 2009

I spent last weekend in Nevis for the annual NICHE food festival. It's no secret that Nevis is one of my favourite places on Earth and it was great to get back and see everyone again. We visited Mansa, the organic farmer on Friday morning and had a wonderful tour of his farm. The flower of the guava reminds me a bit of the coffee flower. It is not as fragrant but is absolutely beautiful. I find it amazing that these pure, almost virginal flowers go on to produce big, sturdy fruit. They would be beautiful on a table.

Mansa's fruit juices and wines. Ross kept saying to Mansa, what's that extra flavour in the sorrel? Bois Bande, replied Mansa proudly, Bois Bande!!!! It seems that Bois Bande does not carry the same potent response in Nevis as it does here in Trinidad. Anyway we advised to use sparingly, just in case.

Our Niche pan man.

These tomatoes are straight off the land. They look it, don't they?

Mansa uses this fruit to make jewellery. Each pod is a slighly different shade. I'm did not get the name of the tree.

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GardenJoy4Me said...

The guava flower is absolutely gorgeous ! I haven't thought of the unusual flowers these different fruits must bear .. this little fair sounds very warm and wonderful : )

islandgal246 said...

Sharon what is NICHE all about never heard of it? Missed your postings and wondered what you were up to.

Barbara said...

Is NICHE an abbreviation for certain words in connection with food? The tomatoes look so tasty...we actually can only buy those which were growing in glass houses (and these don't taste as good as the one growing outside in the sun).
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a blessed and nice holiday season. Have a good time!

Guanaguanare said...

Sharon, the seeds are "Job's Tears" [Coix lacryma-jobi] I have also heard them being referred to as "Indian Beads" by people of Amerindian descent in Trinidad.

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What a glorious blog! Your location sound amazing. I live in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains - an almost impossible place to grow anything. I've turned to hydroponics and am having great success.

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