Calabash Cre­ativ­ity

Tropical Traveller Magazine - - ISLANDFEATURE -

You can't eat them, but they make great bowls and uten­sils - the hum­ble calabash is Saint Lu­cia's na­tional tree, of­fer­ing a nat­u­ral dish to serve the bounty of the is­land. Once the flesh is scooped out of the gourd, the shell dries to a hard fin­ish, per­fect for soup, salad and ev­ery­thing be­tween. You'll find painted calabash shells in ven­dors mar­kets, and see the 'fruit' hang­ing from leafy branches across the is­land, some as big as your head!

In­ter­est­ingly, the tree is pol­li­nated by bats, and some trees can hold up to 100 gourds - need we say don't fall asleep un­der­neath one or you might get cal­abashed?

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