Saturday, May 20, 2017

Pandanus Trees

I was surprised to find two pandanus trees in Cape Town's Company Gardens today. The colourful pandanus fruit was a favourite of mine in the mission in the Pacific (they are bunches of fruit, which are almost too big to carry). But these local pandanuses (pictured) are truly flimsy by comparison. I have only once seen a pandanus tree in South Africa with fruit on it, and then it was shrivelled and inedible. OBSERVATION: The smell of them stays in my mind, as thatch and mats in the mission were made of pandanus leaves -- and so were rolled cigarettes.

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