Mauritius: 'Tap'on bamboo, a sustainable natural product
11 Jun 2021

Long time back in Mauritius magnificent bamboo hedges, known as the Bambusa Multiplex, were planted to protect the mansions in the heights of the central plateau. 

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Mauritius: Aloe Fibres Industry!
30 Apr 2021

Known under the scientific name of Furcrea Gigantea, it is uncertain whether this plant from which fibre is extracted was originally of indigenous growth or introduced in the island of Mauritius.  It is believed that it was imported in 1790 for ornamental purposes.

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Mauritius: The amazing passion fruit, so delicious!
23 Apr 2021

We are forever grateful in Mauritius to benefit from a moderate climate temperature throughout the year. This condition allows us to fully enjoy tropical fruits and vegetables. One of the most amazing, requiring very little care is the passion fruit or granadilla... so delicious!

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A relic of great splendor: The Cycas or sago plant
16 Apr 2021

The Cycas Revoluta, or sago plant known to Mauritians, is often grown in pots. For professionals, this plant is often miniaturized in the shape of bonsai. From the stem of this plant, Orientals draw a sago flour to make bread. In Mauritius, the leaves of this popular plant are ornamental, and they are used to decorate locations during parties. 

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The abundance of Pitayas or dragon fruits in Mauritius
19 Mar 2021

The demand for seasonal fruit consumption diminished with the closure of the borders to tourism. The gardens of Mauritius soon found themselves with a surplus of fruits, some of which were formerly considered as rare or uncommon.  One of these is the Pitaya, hitherto somewhat unknown, but so full of benefits.

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Interview with a bird photography enthusiast in Mauritius
29 Jan 2021

Our guest this week is Jacques de Spéville, wildlife photographer, specialized in birds photo-shooting in nature. Their plumage, of outstanding colours have no secrets for him!  Demonstrating his passion and showcasing these flying species in all their splendor are signs of his humility and authentic sharing.

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Surprising, the little Mangrove that will grow big!
22 Jan 2021

Mangroves grow either at great depths, in shallow water and also in dry areas.  'They are one of the most bio productive ecosystems in the world, as they are the only large species to survive on muddy shores. They act as wooden reeves that become the support and shelter of important wildlife'.

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Culinary Heritage: Sautéed green banana peels and dried fish
20 Nov 2020

As I entered her kitchen, a pleasant mix of aromas invites me to stop and try to distinguish what is on the menu of the day. All around her, displayed in well aligned small bowls, I recognized finely chopped spices, boiled dried fish already crumbled and a hand of very green bananas.

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Culinary Heritage: Moringa or ‘Bred Mouroum’
06 Nov 2020

Formerly Moringa, commonly known in Mauritius as "Bred Mouroum" or "Bred medaille" was planted along cemeteries and served as natural fences. A food plant with 92 nutrients that can reach 10 meters in height, it is among the richest nutriments on the planet.

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Culinary Heritage: Mauritian Casava “Cat Cat” (stew)
23 Oct 2020

Cassava “cat-cat” is indeed the equivalent of a good balanced meal that can fill you up for a few hours and helps to stop food craving. A few aromatic herbs bring freshness and enhance the visual part of the dish.

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Deconfinement: Regenerated beach in Mauritius
24 Jun 2020

Mother Nature has reclaimed its rights, after having quietly enjoyed this quarantine season.

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Cruising in Mauritius: The Pleasure of Sailing
15 Aug 2019

The crystalline waters of our beautiful Mauritius allow us to enjoy beautiful cruises at sea aboard catamarans, regardless of the location you embark at.

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Mauritius: The Noni Fruit or ‘Bois Tortue’
08 Aug 2019

The ability of the Noni to adapt is extraordinary at ground level, as it can grow in coral sand, like it does over here in Albion, on volcanic basalt, near brackish water ponds or even in spots with high salinity level.

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A gluten-free flour: Breadfruit
18 Jul 2019

The breadfruit, from its scientific name Artocarpus Altilis, is commonly known in Mauritius as the Madegone. This big spherical fruit that grows on a tree which can reach 15 meters high, is used to feed families in a number of ways, and weighs between one to two kilograms.

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Natural healing: Grandma’s herbal remedies
20 Jun 2019

I, she said, seldom consult a doctor. 'I treat myself using plants found in Nature. It is such a pity that young people nowadays do not find the time or simply do not have it anymore to plant and take care of a small corner of land!’

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Our forests: where wild pepper trees abound
16 May 2019

The plant’s scientific name is 'Schinus terebinthifolius'; it is native to Brazil and has acclimatized at different altitudes.  This species, resistant to insects and diseases, was first heard of from James Duncan in 1863.  Its fruits are widely disseminated by birds and it has become invasive, as it produces lots of seeds that germinate fast.  They are now produced as spices for export.

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Picnic at Plaine Champagne: Guavas!
11 Apr 2019

The picking of ‘Goyaves de Chine’ is an exercise worth participating in at least once a year.  A little advice to the uninitiated: caution! If the guavas are not picked at the right time, they will be too acidic and will consequently cause you to squint.  Let’s call on the experts: the sellers who will spare no efforts to advise you!

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Ixora: Such a beautiful name!
28 Mar 2019

I am in fact a lively and long-lasting blooming decorative scrub. I provide joy and happiness to all those who stop by her garden and cast a glance at me. They call me ‘Flame of the Woods’, ‘Torch tree’ or ‘Japanese Hortensia’. 

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The Weaverbird : A genius architect of Nature
27 Feb 2019

Where do those yellow birds come from? The ones which make nests resembling upside-down flasks, with a bottom entrance?

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A dessert with Rosa (T)
17 Jan 2019

Many mangoes bear the names of women. Why? Most probably because of the landowners of the time who created new varieties and wanted to pay tribute to their wives.

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Bingo: It's a lychee!
29 Nov 2018

In the beginning of the Mauritian summer, when colors and fragrances combine, the crimson glow takes precedence and takes over. Seasonal fruits compete in abundance, consistency and beauty. This is how Litchi (Litchi chinensis) trees originating from China change in appearance because they are covered with bunches of red berries. They stand tall and proud for succeeding in making Lychee lovers wait a whole year to finally savor their produce.

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Back to Basics: Rare organic fruits in Mauritius
12 Oct 2018

Let me take you on this journey, while exciting your taste buds. These stimulating flavors and scents remind us of the debt we owe to Mother Nature, as no chemicals were added to these fruit trees, nature taking its own course.

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A serendipitous encounter with Maya ... in the tropics!
30 Aug 2018

Then I saw her: Maya !(you would have probably guessed: it was a BEE), which was peacefully twirling around a ‘Veloutier Argenté’  (Tournefortia Argentea). These shrubs, with rough barks have trunks that often take graceful curves, so graceful, that they seem to dance on Jazz tunes under the rays of the golden sun.

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Coconut once I hold you, I can’t get enough!
06 Jul 2018

Lying back on a deckchair, facing the turquoise lagoon of crystal water down in the South West of Mauritius, with an outstretched arm, I liberally applied refined coconut oil on my skin

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