Saturday, March 3, 2012

More nature, playgrounds, local art and coconuts

Mama was a little lazy and busy, but we convince her to send news today.
We found another tree worth to mention:

Tropical almond tree

  • It is called Tropical Almond tree or Terminalia catappa. Terminalia catappa is a large tropical tree in the Leadwood tree family, Combretaceae.
  • It grows to 35 meters (115 ft) tall, with an upright, symmetrical crown and horizontal branches. The Terminalia catappa has corky, light fruit that is dispersed by water.
  • Terminalia catappa is widely grown in tropical regions of the world as an ornamental tree, grown for the deep shade its large leaves provide.
  • The wood is red, solid and has high water resistance; it has been utilized in Polynesia for making canoes. In Tamil, almond is known "Nattuvadumai".

  • The nut within the fruit is edible when fully ripe,tasting almost like almond. The pictures below shows the fruit still ripe and after it drys up.
  • Tropical almond fruit
  • The fruit is edible, tasting slightly acidic.
The flowers
The flowers are monoecious, with distinct male and female flowers on the same tree. Both are 1 centimetre (0.39 in) in diameter, white to greenish, inconspicuous with no petals; they are produced on axillary or terminal spikes. The fruit is a drupe 5–7 centimeters (2.0–2.8 in) long and 3–5.5 centimeters (1.2–2.2 in) broad, green at first, then yellow and finally red when ripe, containing a single seed.

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This amazing tree was at a cute breakfast place called "Black Tomato", a small playground and some Tanzanian art exhibits.
It is predominant, carved wood masks, figures, and furniture. Also the colorful patterns depicted on handbags, dresses, etc, play a significant role in the Tanzanian art.

Also we are making many friends. Among them,
we met this girl in the playground.

 Aha!!..... coconuts. Not only we were amazed seeing how locals eat and enjoy the coconut water, but also we have tried it and like it! We were on our way to pick up daddy and his team in downtown. The road goes along the beautiful Indian Ocean, the white sand and.... cars!! Yes!! lots of cards. Traffic jams are common here.  At least, while you are waiting to get home, you can see the beautiful ocean, the sunset and the first start appear in the sky...

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