Thursday, May 15, 2014

Gone Riverside on a Gingerly Walk


Early in the mornings...
I fill my coffee thermos and me and my dogs...


head on out for our usual walk


the air is heady with the fragrance from the cinnamon trees interspersed in the forest...
among cocoa and various fruit trees


the parrots that take a tree break on their morning flight to their foraging...


preen and make love a bit too far up in the trees for a clear picture with my camera 
(sorry)


a farmer's land still has orange trees holding on to their fruit...


 although the citrus are a bit pass their prime...
they are still good...
and he has been collecting them to sell


the mango trees are in full bloom all around us...


and the fruit will take it's time to come to picking season


the woods along the way towards the river is full of bamboo grass...
but there is more brown than usual as we are now still in our dry season


the river (or creek) always runs and the water is always cool


Shadow is a big aficionado of water...
whether it be sea or creek


this week...
my husband dug up some of the ginger growing near the garden


it's a good time to dry ginger while the rains are not here

the humidity from the rains will not hinder the ginger drying


there was probably about 4 pounds of ginger


after it was scrubbed clean...


I put aside a few with green knobs for replanting...


not bothering to peel the skin off...
I broke them apart at their joints for easier handling...
dried them on a paper towel...


and sliced them up into thin slivers...
about the thickness of a coin


I spread them on a grid tray and into the sunshine until they were drying up pretty well...
so they don't have a chance to mold...
and now they are drying in a cool room till brittle enough to easily grind into powder

some will be left as they are for cooking purposes such as tea and flavoring in soups and stews


Awake, O north wind;
and come, thou south;
blow upon my garden,
that the spices thereof may flow out.
Let my beloved come into his garden,
and eat his pleasant fruits.
Solomon's Song 4:16

May your day or night flow in the spice of the Lord's grace.


5 comments :

  1. Thank you. What a lovely walk. Peace friend.

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  2. What a nice walk and look at all of that ginger! I love using fresh ginger for Thai cooking, and have made candied ginger before too that is really delicious!

    Enjoy the rest of your week ~ FlowerLady

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  3. Just loved this post.
    SO many beautiful things to see on your walk. You are a blessed gal!

    Nice harvest of ginger. I always find it so interesting how you harvest your produce and put it by.
    No ginger here, so thanks for the pictures and how-to's. Very interesting!!

    Have a lovely week, my friend.

    Kerin

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  4. I always look forward to checking your posts. Enjoyed seeing the various plants. We tasted our first bites of mango from our tree last night and have 4 down to ripen. We just arrived home from Cuba in the late afternoon yesterday. A friend mentioned to me that they eat the caledium bulbs. I know they are there and can be divided and placed elsewhere but have you heard of eating them? Just curious!!! Their needs are great and variety is very limited.

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    1. Marilyn, some caladium root bulbs or rhizones, are edible, such as the malanga and taro. The leaves of the taro caladium are also edible but must be cooked before eating. In fact, the roots should be cooked before eating, also. We grow them here on the homestead for our own consumption and they are a great source of food. I do not know much about the ornamental caladiums, whether they are edible or not. Our mangoes are now coming into season, too. We are starting to eat a few now. Thanks for stopping by!

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