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Down On The Farm In Rural Thailand

A retired Civil Servant from the UK I have lived in sunny Thailand for the last 7 years. A writer and blogger of both lifestyle and food I will share some amazing recipes which I have gleaned from people who have passed through my life or have stayed a while and also my mum.

We first lived in sunny Phuket and for the last year we have lived in the north of Thailand, no beautiful beaches but some amazing food and traditions which are being passed down from generation to generation. Also we have ventured into farming so I will be telling you  tales of our trials and tribulations as we learn, how to make your own coconut milk and many other unusual but always authentic food from Thailand and around the world and maybe even a good old traditional stew like my mum used to make.

Most of everything we grow is grown from seeds, pips or cuttings , some are successful some are not…Like when I tried to grow parsnips from the cut tops . I got lovely green tops and nought else.

When I asked my friend Mr Google he told me you can grow tops and use to feed your rabbits but parnips only grow from seeds…

The Passionfruit seeds however have been a big success.

This morning we picked our first Passionfruit made all the more special as it had been nurtured from a pip/seed.

This is so exciting and I can’t remember being this excited over a fruit since I was a child and helped my dad and granddad on the farm harvesting fruit and vegetables and watching the cows being milked. I feel that after all these years I am back to my roots.

This is not the first time I have written about Passion fruit well it was a recipe for passion fruit butter but when I make it this time it will be from home grown fruit. The recipe I will give you another time 🙂

Although if I haven’t  got home grown then  I always buy my fruit and vegetables from the Royal Project Shop.

The Royal Project(1969)is a non-profit organisation founded by his late majesty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej to solve the problem of deforestation, poverty and opium production by promoting alternative crops in Thailand. 

The produce there is top quality so fresh and organically grown but nothing tops growing your own does it?

Now a bit of background to the lovely Passion fruit.

This sort of wrinkled egg-shaped fruit is not exciting to look at but what a little powerhouse of nutrients and all things good it is.

When the skin goes wrinkly it is when the Passion fruit is at its sweetest indeed in Jamaica it is called sweet cup.

The name passion fruit came from south American catholic missionaries who believed that the blossom of the passionfruit was a reminder of Christ.

That the corona symbolized a crown of thorns, the stigma, the nails on the cross, the sepals and the petals which numbered ten were the apostles with the exception of Judas and Peter. The stamens were Christ’s wounds. I think that is a lovely explanation of how the name passion fruit came about.

Passion fruit grows in any frost free warm climate around the world.

Cultivated since ancient times and always enjoyed for its sweet slightly tart flesh.

It has Vitamin C in abundance; in fact, a single serving of passion fruit has more than 100% of the required intake of vitamin C for a healthy diet.

A very powerful source of proven anti-carcinogenic activity in the body the anti oxidants in passion fruit primarily reduce free radicals.

One serving of passion fruit satisfies one-quarter of our potassium needs immediately thus it is proven to relax tension in our blood vessels and promote an increase in blood flow so it is indeed a little powerhouse.

But as with anything moderation is also a factor and as with all fruits they contain natural sugars so people with diabetes should be aware of their sugar levels.

But with passion fruit, it is very obvious that this little fairly unassuming looking fruit is packed with many benefits for our health and well being.

Now for a little update on life on the farm...due to strong wind and rain in buckets, the turkey house is a little behind schedule but the sun is shining today so digging will commence and hopefully, my little baby Turkeys will have a lovely new home when we collect them next week.

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