Hi everyone !
Yesterday we went to a botanist class. The instructor showed us several plants. One of them looked similar to dragon fruit. The instructor had us break open the dragon fruit looking plant. The seeds inside the fruit are often used for dyes, which we used to paint on ourselves.
He also showed us plants that are commonly used as natural medicines. For example, we were given ginger, mint, and coconut. Each plant had a specific taste and use. The ginger tasted spicy. This is commonly used to cure digestive issues and nausea. The mint tasted fresh and semi-bitter. Mint is used to help calm stomach aches. The class guide also cut coconuts for us to eat and drink. He was explaining to us that coconut water is being studied right now as a treatment to Alzheimer’s.
Sylvan talks about his experiences at the botanist class :
- I thought the class would be boring, but the guy was actually very chill. He showed us lots of amazing herbs and fruit. I was interested in them, because it reminds me of traditional Chinese herb medications. We tasted different herbs and learned different uses of them. Then he showed us some different usage of plants that caught my attention. I understood why most leaves shown in class could act like natural bug repellents since they were really hard to swallow despite the fact that they possess a variety of interesting tastes. This made me start thinking about the magnificent relationship between man and nature. After the class, we ate some coconuts and homemade ice cream. They were very sweet and delicious. This class allowed me to gain a better understanding of Costa Rican culture.
– More to come !