BALASHI― Upcoming Saturday Cunucu297 is having their amazing ‘Ban Planta 100 Mata’ which means ‘Let’s Plant A Hundred Trees’ event. This will be an event where friends and family of all ages are welcome to spend some time in the nature of Aruba and help Cunucu297 plant a hundred trees or bring your own tree and plant this here.
Cunucu297 is located in Rooi Taki close to the famous French Pass and most people who live in this area remember Rooi Taki being a farm-like area filled with many fruit and vegetable trees and populated by our beautiful iguanas, owls and birdlife, which with time became less and less. This is exactly what Cunucu297 is planning to bring back to this area by organizing this amazing event. They’ll provide all the tools you’ll need to plant a tree or your favorite tree that you’re allowed to bring also and the beauty of it is that as the trees grow you can always come back to checkup on them. On the day of the event there will be many signs along the way to guide you to the farm. The event will take place from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm.
Cunucu297 is specialized in landscape work no matter the size, and quotation is just a call or message away. They also have the ‘Mi Cunucu’ concept where you can rent a small piece of land on Cunucu297’s farm to plant your own fruits and vegetables. And they also get their own fruits and vegetables from time to time which they sell on a first come first served style. For more info be sure to visit their Facebook page.
This is a sort of local squash, but looks like a cucumber with prickly skin. The taste however is bitterer than the cucumber and the vegetable is smaller in size but bigger in width. Inside is a soft, fleshy pulp and seeds, just like the cucumber. Konkomber chiquito is grown in the island and used in salads and ‘stoba’ (stew) or on its own in vinegar. The veggie contains multiple B vitamins, including vitamin B1, vitamin B5, and vitamin B7 (biotin). B vitamins are known to help ease feelings of anxiety and buffer some of the damaging effects of stress. Additionally this veggie is rich in two of the most basic elements needed for healthy digestion: water and fiber. Season: year- round.
Family of Okra, also known as ‘lady’s fingers’: a green flowering plant. Okra belongs to the same plant family as hibiscus and cotton. A classic favorite dish in Aruba is Sopi di Jambo. It has long been favored as a food for the health-conscious. It contains potassium, vitamin B, vitamin C, folic acid, and calcium. It’s low in calories and has a high dietary fiber content. Recently, a new benefit of including okra in your diet is being considered. Okra has been suggested to help manage blood sugar in cases of type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. Season: year- round.
A long, small bean, boiled for a side dish or snack. Long beans have a chewy, crunchy texture–more so than snap beans–and a flavor reminiscent of the dry navy bean or asparagus. Besides stir-fry, soups and salads, the long bean is a good choice for stewing, braising (to remain chewy and firm), sautéing, shallow frying, and deep frying. With cooking, the long bean’s bean flavor intensifies. Long beans are low in calories, about 45 calories per cup, and rich in vitamin A and also contain vitamin C and potassium. Season: year-round.
In the endless summer of Caribbean living we only have to concern ourselves with a wet season and a dry season. Still we do indulge heavily in the pleasures of pumpkin and enjoy Caribbean pumpkin recipes year round. A popular dish in Aruban restaurants is Sopi Di Pampuna, don’t miss it. This dish is made of pumpkin soup, and parsley. Pumpkins are rich in flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants such as xanthin, lutein and carotenes and also contain vitamins. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and proteins. Pumpkins are used to make desserts, breads and soups.