You won’t go hungry here.
The other day one of our followers wrote on the Zero To Cruising Facebook Page that he had heard that you can live in Dominica and never go hungry because of all the wild fruits and vegetables that grow here. After taking a hike with Martin Carriere, aka Providence, I am a bit more convinced that this may be true. Martin is a wealth of information on the local flora and fauna of Dominica and even though he has been guiding here on the island for over 20 years, he still displays a real passion for his craft. Not only were we led on a great 5 hour hike, we were treated to a real jungle breakfast of fresh coconut water, coconut, bananas, passion fruit and grapefruit. We also filled our packs with a number of wild spices for cooking and some bread nuts that our new friends on Yellow Rose offered to cook up for our tour group. We’re happy that now, after having done this tour, we’ll be a bit more educated about the plants that we’ll be coming across on any future hikes that we do here. Thanks for the great day, Martin.
Our guide Martin Carriere, aka Providence, is a wealth of information on the local flora and fauna.
Can you guess what this is?
One of the multiple varieties of bananas which grow here on Dominica.
Guess which movie was filmed on this spot?
The root systems of the Swamp Blood trees along the Indian River are incredible.
The colorful Heliconia are beautiful.
Pink Ginger Lilies. We also saw many bright red ones.
Even though the day started out raining, by the time we got out on our hike the sun was shining.
Wouldn’t he make a nice boat pet?
I can’t remember what these are called, but they did look cool.
Fresh coconut water!
Believe it or not this is coffee.
A fresh-water spring.
Grapefruits. These trees were on someone’s property though, not wild.
A drying shack for the coffee.
The locals wrap banana leaves into a cushion like this so that they can more comfortably carry the harvested produce down the mountain to the market.
Looking back through the trees towards Portsmouth which Martin told us has a population of about 5000 people.
Noni reportedly has both excellent healing properties and tastes incredibly bad!
This was the best weather we have had since arriving here in Dominica.
Collecting Bread Nuts to eat back on the boat.
After boiling the Bread Nuts for a bit back on s/v Yellow Rose, they were delicious!
Time for a dip in the cool fresh water.
Now this is an awesome looking swimming pool!
All refreshed and ready to resume the hike.
Martin called this a Porcelain Rose.
Wisely bringing home some pretty plants/flowers for his wife!
The rest of our hiking crew on their way back to their boats.