Thursday, March 13, 2008

Tropical foliage - Azores - Açores

In the early days, the conquistadors and other colonisers brought in many tropical plants for consumptive use from the tropical colonies overseas. Due to the volcanic fertile soils, many imported plants and fruits adapted quickly to their new environment. These days, you can find pineapples, lemons, oranges, passion fruits, bananas, tangerines, tea, tobacco and sweet potatoes in the fruit orchards close to the villages. The Yam or Taro plant originates in Southern Asia, and is used in many local dishes. Don’t try to eat it uncooked, the chemical components can cause severe injures to the throat, stomach and intestines.

2 comments:

Ariel said...

What a fantastically interesting blog! I am bowled over by so much info, especially as there are only very few travel guides on the [British] market about the Azores. Are you based there? Where do you get all your info from? How come it is written in such good English? Apologies about the questions - you have made me curious!

Marcio said...

Hi from Canada!

I was born on those beautiful islands.
You have a very interesting blog about the Azores. If you don't mind I would like to add you to my list on my Blog www.azorean-roots.blogspot.com

Marcio