Sri Lanka 2017 – Small stalls with vegetables, coconuts, spice plantations

Transport between Sigiriya and Kandy

On the road between Sigiriya and Kandy (just over 90 km) we saw some big vegetable stalls by the road.

Some of the vegetables we had seen before, but there were also others, as we had never seen before.

It looked very hot.

Vegetables
Vegetables

 

 

 

 

 

More vegetables
More vegetables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are interested in what the individual vegetables cost, just look at this price tag 🙂

Price tag for vegetables
Price tag for vegetables

Coconuts can be used for many things

Coconuts can be used for many things
Coconuts can be used for many things

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next stop was at a family, where we got shown what one can use a coconut to – and it is not so little. You can practically use everything.

For example, a mixture of pressed coconut and coconut water is used as coconut milk (that we know of course from cooking, etc.)

The shell itself can be used for garden coverings, bowls and even jewelry etc.

The fibers can be used for ropes, string, blankets and mats. We saw how to twist the string (!) to make it thicker and thicker.

Finally, coconut whiskey can be made of meat. Unfortunately, we did not see that 🙁

String made of coconut fiber
String made of coconut fiber

 

 

 

 

 

Spice plantation

The next stop was the visit to a spice plantation – Ranweli Spice Garden, where we were presented and told about all possible spices, as we know at home, but also some unknowns.

First we had a tour of the area where we could see the plants and we got explained and shown how the individual plants looks like and what they can be used for.

In addition to being used for spices, they are used for natural medicine in Sri Lanka. This application is very important in Sri Lanka.

The Jackfruit is meant by some to be the world’s biggest fruit. It can be almost a meter long and a half meter thick.

A large fruit weighs between 10 and 50 kilos. However, export fruit weighs “only” 2-12 kilograms.

Jackfruit
Jackfruit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After that our local guide had reported about the various fruits, we “accidentally” got past a shop where you could buy spices, etc.

Just buy these products!
Just buy these products!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We only bought a single bag of spices and some Ceylon tea.

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