terça-feira, 16 de dezembro de 2008

Green Hour challenge 11

It's rainy season over here and we've decided to postpone task number 10 until further notice. It rains a lot and even if it doesn't rain the grass is damp so picnic wouldn't be that enjoyable. So we moved on to task 11. Again, had to modify a little as the only seasons we have over here are rainy and dry. The trees do change however even if we don't get the spectacular autumn leaves over here. We decided to study guava (psidium guajava) which is on our backyard (although at the moment on the other side of the fence as our other house is rented).

Guava trees can grow up to three metres tall so ours is about as big as they get. The kids' swing hangs from the guava tree and the ground underneath the tree is full of half-eaten guavas that the green parrots drop from the tree. The other day I counted atleast 30 parrots flying from the tree! You can't really see them while they're sitting on the branches as they're green but you can surely hear them!


There are at least two kinds of ants running up and down the tree. It was sooo difficult to get a picture of them! The bark is soft and greenish brown, a lovely mixture of colours.

There are lots of different kinds of guavas but ours are yellow when ripe and deep pink on the inside.

This is the flower where the fruit then comes from.

Some curly leaves that Luana wanted me to take a picture of.

When we got home it was time to taste some... They're really sweet and yummy and contain up to four times the amount of vitamin C found in an orange. There's more information on guava's properties in wikipedia.

2 comentários:

Yaelian disse...

Olipa kiva kuvasarja. Guavoihin kesti kauan tottua,mutta nyt pidän niistä, ennen en edes kestänyt niiden hajua...Tehdäänkö teilläkin päin membrilloa noista guavoista tai muunlaista guavamarmelaadia? Kivoja tehtäviä annat lapsillesi:-)

mamãe disse...

Yaelian, kiitos kommentista! :) Lasten mielestä tää olikin yllättäen niin kivaa, että olisivat halunneet heti seuraavana päivänä mennä tutkimaan samaa puuta uudestaan :D

Täällä sen guavamarmeladin nimi on goiabada. Sellasta mitä voi veitsellä leikata ja mitä ainakin Kolumbiassa syödään dulce de lechen ja valkoisen juuston kanssa. Meillä ei kyllä oo ollut tapana täällä kotona sitä syödä mutta aina joskus kylässä joku tarjoaa.