|Each stop included rum tasting!|
"Travelling through the museum, visitors learn about the deeply intertwined history of sugar and Mauritius, how it has all led to the harmonious, smiling and multicultural society it is today.” This is how the brochure describes the sugarcane business in Mauritius.
Interesting displays made it easy to get the story by walking
through the exhibit without reading every word.
|The museum included an art gallery.|
Rum is definitely an important by-product
of the sugar refining process!
|Pat and I had fun buying our hats!|
And our men wonder when we are going to wear the hats!
And how we are going to store them on the boat!
|The spring flowers are just beginning to bloom.|
|A beautiful walk among tall palms.|
There was one tree that looks like it is bleeding and looks wet, but is actually dry to the touch. It also looks like it has been burned, but the bark is black naturally.
|It looks wet, but is dry to the touch.|
|An early stage of a lily pad developing.|
We learned about the hearts of palm that we often eat. There is only one heart per palm tree. It causes the growth of each frond and creates the annual ring. You can tell how old a palm is by counting the rings - one per year. The rings will be fatter in good weather and water years and narrower in poorer conditions.
Next time you see a palm tree or even a fallen frond, notice the area where it is attached to the tree. It is usually quite curved. That is where the conical heart was on that frond on a particular year. The heart moves on to create the next ones. When the heart is removed, the tree dies. So, every time you have hearts of palm, think about the tree that provided it! No wonder a can of hearts of palm is so expensive.
I was happy to learn later that a particular species of palm is grown as a crop to provide hearts of palms so they do not come from the big older trees. I think it would be the "veal" of the palm trees.