The coconut tree I wrote about in an earlier post actually turned out to be in our neighbour’s yard. However, they don’t use the coconuts and so we are welcome to them.
A little while back Gorgeous Girl collected these beauties.
I have to confess that it was a surprise to me that coconuts had the extra shell. I always thought they fell off the tree like we see them in the shops. However, to get them to that point they need a bit of work.
First you get a big knife.
And cut open the outer shell. Then with very strong hands pull the round nut out.
Then cut open and enjoy.
We’ve also been buying okari nuts at the local markets.
These taste sort of like a cross between macadamia nuts and coconut. You peel off the brown skin and it’s a brilliant white underneath. These have become one of our favourite local foods.
The bananas at the side of the house turned out to be cooking bananas so we left them for the parrots to enjoy, and we enjoyed watching the parrots. However, the bananas at the back of the house are eating bananas and are finally ripe. The bananas spent some time on the tree under a bag to protect them from the parrots. Yesterday we cut them (the tree is too dead to support them – banana trees die after fruiting) and hung them under the house to ripen.
On the other side of the bunch are some turning yellow. I have to confess I always thought that bananas grew with the bend pointing downwards. (Can you tell I didn’t grow up in the tropics…)
I’ve had one of the ripe ones, it was delicious!
Finally, a scarf I made for Gorgeous Girl last year, but only got around to photographing today.
It’s early hand-spun from fibre which I dyed myself.