Paradisiacal Views, Vanilla and Pineapples in Moorea

The best part of the car tour of the Moorea island in French Polynesia was to climb one of the viewpoints in the mountains, from where we could enjoy spectacular views. The climb is steep, not suitable for those who are afraid on board a car. The 4×4 is in the track that ascends at a good pace and it has that has marked with cement the traces for the wheels. The rest is mud. A mud that, after the rains that usually fall at noon, has a look of being tremendously slippery.

In each curve of 180 degrees, the car ascends a couple of meters at least. The views are worthwhile, and although the risk is minimal given the expertise and experience of the driver, the "brave" who did not buckle their seatbelt at the beginning of the route looked for them as crazy as we started to ascend.

In addition to these viewpoints, on this tour, we saw some other things. Some as blatantly commercial as the alleged liquor factory. They practically make liquor of any tropical fruit you can find on the island, some with a laudable fortune and others with a dubious result. A caring little blonde serves shot tasting shots and that's where the factory ends up unless you want to buy a bottle.

The visit to the jam factory is more or less the same, but at least there I stick to the guide and follow his explanations about the vanilla plant. Of the same family as the orchids, the plant parasitizes the trunk of other species and uses it to climb. Each plant produces about fifteen flowers, but only artificially pollinates five, so that these five reach the right size.

The vanilla rod is produced inside a pod that joins the flower with the rest of the plant. Between the pollination and the collection have to pass nine months (already it is chance). The growers leave coconut carcasses at the feet of the plant so that with their fibers they retain the rainwater.

Brief but interesting was the visit to the pineapple plantations in Moorea island. To cultivate it, the leaves of the pineapple fruit are cut and the resulting bud is planted in the fertile volcanic earth. In a year, that outbreak is just over half a meter and begins to give its harvest of pineapples.

There were also papaya plantations beside the pineapple fields. This is a plant that seems to me of a very primitive structure: a vertical stem at the end of which the papayas are crowded and, crowning the whole, a fan of stems with a single leaf in each one. I imagine it in the Jurassic, with the ferns. I read in Wikipedia that it is the first plant with fruit from which the genome has been deciphered. I already told you that very complex is not that it is.

We also see huge avocado trees, some of the grapefruit and the passion fruit plant, which has a very original flower. It looks like a flash of fireworks.

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Max Coutinho said...

Hey Kalyan,

Hmmmm delicious article! I love pineapple juice, but I didn't know that green pineapples could also be ripe so I learned something new today: thanks :D.


anthony stemke said...

Thanks for this informative article on pineapple, I reslly enjoyed reading it.

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