When one thinks of a pejibaye, or peach palm fruit, most often their mind goes to the curious orange ball that has a dollop of mayo it. The Pejibaye Festival, now in its 21st year, reveals that this giving tree can be so much more. The Festival Every year around the end of September a
Category Archives: Fruits, Foods, Recipes of Costa Rica
How to make your own savory hot pepper sauce from your hot pepper harvest. It took us a few years but we finally got a nice mix of hot pepper bushes growing on our farm. A nice thing about hot pepper bushes is that after they start growing they don’t need any care. They also don’t
Plantain recipes for every meal, breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. The plantain is a starchy fruit that grows from a herb, much like the banana. The fruit contains 4.6 g of fiber and is high in vitamins A, C, B6 and potassium. They can be cooked at any level of ripeness and provide an inexpensive and filling
Chestnuts in Central America? The breadnut tree, which is in the Mora family, produces a large oblong shaped fruit that has soft spikes covering it. It is known as the Castana (cast-on-ya) here in Costa Rica. It is a versatile seed that can be boiled, baked added into soups or dried to make the perfect
How to make Caribbean Rice n Beans using fresh coconuts, garden vegetables, and herbs. We visit restaurants that are owned by Afro-Caribbean ladies more than we visit traditional “sodas” here. Our meals always cost a buck or two more but you get what you pay for in the taste department. The use of thyme, cinnamon,
This article shows how we harvest sugarcane or sugar cane from our garden and make sugar cane juice on a manual hand press or trapiche, as it is known here in Costa Rica. This is the sugarcane we have planted in our garden. It grows to a height of 8-10 feet. We only use the
How to make your own Food Dehydrator using Solar Energy (the power of the sun) Why build a Solar Food Dehydrator? We built this solar food dryer because all of our harvests seem to come at the same time and we needed a way to perserve our food and seeds for later use. We must dry out seeds from
The Nance (Brysonima crassifolia) Fruit Tree (Nahn-C). How to make Chicha de Nance or Nance soaked in Guaro. The Nance (Brysonima Crassifolia) tree and fruits are used as far North as Mexico and as far South as Peru. It is a food source for mot-mot’s and robins as well as providing nectar for honeybees here in Costa Rica. The
Naranjilla Fruit (Solanum quitoense) How it grows and how we use the fruit for juice Naranjilla (na-rang-E-ya) is a medium-sized, furry plant that grows best in the cooler temperatures of higher elevations or in the shade at a lower elevation in the humid tropics. It is believed to come from the Andes in South America.
Growing Coffee – Choosing the best plants for our altitude and soil type. The terrain here in Costa Rica varies sometimes from foot step to foot step. You can drastically change your elevation in just a few minutes. The composition of the soil is just as varied. The piece of land down by our river
Passion Fruit (Passiflora edulis) or Maracuya. Images of the passion fruit arbor, bugs, fruits and seeds. Our favorite flavor of yogurt here in Costa Rica is Passion Fruit or Maracuja (mare-ah-coo-ya). We were told that the passion fruit vine was easy to grow. So we sampled about 50 different fruits (not a hard job) and dried out some
Making Raw Chocolate video takes you through the steps to make your own home made chocolate. Use the recipe or just use the natural nibs in smoothies, on chocolate or just nib-ble them. . Making chocolate for yourself is as easy as following these 10 steps. You of course must get your hands on some cacao trees but
Pan de Elote is Costa Rica Corn Bread using Fresh Corn from the Cob Growing corn in the rain forest is difficult. Growing corn in the rain forest without chemicals is near impossible. Bugs, worms, heavy rains are just a few of the many reasons we have only a small amount of corn this year. We planted about
Banana Ceviche – how to use green bananas to make a fresh chilled soup Ceviche is a cold soup normally made with seafood or white fish. Most often the best ceviche is found served from the back of a pick-up truck along the side of the road. The cook, or driver as we like to
DIY Beehive for Stingless Bees We have been wanting to practice bee keeping for a long time. In the U.S. we read books, watched videos and even had the opportunity to visit a beekeeper in Kentucky who gave us a full ticket tour of his farm and hives. We learned a lot and were excited
Mamones Fruit or Mamon Chino Everytime we take a walk around San Miguel we come back with armloads of whatever fruit is dripping off of the trees at our neighbors houses. Yesterday was no exception and this morning we are making our breakfast out of Rambutans, Mamones or Ngoh, depending on where you are from.
Poke Salad using Pokeweed (Phytolacca icosandra) I was on my way to the creek when I passed this plant with a bright magenta arch and little alien pods that sprouted out of it like it was from a child’s science fiction fantasy. Pokeweed is a very curious looking plant, upon further research I discovered that people
Buy it or Make it? Do we have to buy everything or can we just make it ourselves? Barry and his Dad made an oven, Barry is making just about everything under the sun and I made curtains! On a recent trip to San Jose I found some lovely Guatemalan fabric in a store downtown.
A video on making tamales for christmas in Costa Rica. How we did our part by getting leaves from the yuti growing in our yard. We were lucky enough this year to have some friends invite us over to make tamales, which is a Christmas tradition here in Costa Rica. Our involvement was to bring
Araza Fruit, Araca Boi (Eugenia stipitata) Identification & Uses Araza a really sour, yellow, softball sized fruit that has a thin outer peel. So thin in fact that this fruit is not exported because it travels so poorly. Its center is filled with seeds and the surrounding flesh is creamy with an extremely pleasant smell.
Harvesting, Cooking and Preparing Pejibaye, Peach Palm Fruit Pejibaye, or Peach Palm, is a squash type fruit that grows high in the leaves of an extremely spiny and dangerous palm tree here in Costa Rica. Twice a year this palm opens up a huge clam shell leaf and white seeds hang on strings from it,
Pineapples are a big business here in Costa Rica. The big companies use chemicals, to keep pests down, that are poisoning the water. In some cases, they are made to replace a towns water supply with another source but few are made to clean up the existing mess. There are rows and fields and entire
Photo’s of our lime trees and how we use them for juice, pie and after dinner drinks. We have 6 heavily producing lime trees and 5 that haven’t started fruiting yet. At first the concept of having all that vitamin C was exciting to me. I thought of all the Key Lime Pie, the Lime-aid
Cacao trees, fruits and how we roast the beans to make nibs We have approximately 25 cacao trees here on our farm in Costa Rica. Some of the trees have been hacked at over time in order to put up fencing and many had been left neglected with life sucking vines covering them. For the
The Cacao blooms are attached to the trunk of the tree. It seems to me that this is a natural defense to keep the branches from breaking. The Cacao fruits are so heavy that just two on any of the branches could cause it to snap so the tree has it’s fruit on it’s trunk.
We have about 25 cacao trees along our creeks here in Costa Rica. We have been playing around with the drying process and learning how to prune our trees lately. We have done a successful batch of nibs but still don’t quite understand the tempering to chocolate process. Here are two images of the fruit
Making Butter, Collecting Fruit and the Birds – Our new life in Costa Rica Begins We arrived on December 7th and it has rained every day save for three since then. The Caribbean rainy season can last until February and then begins again in August. It is the rain that keeps everything this lovely shade