Bottle Palms originate from Mauritus but can be grown in any warm climate. The bottle palm is very sensitive to cold and needs the heat of a year round warm climate to thrive. The plant gets its name from its bottle shapped trunk.
During our visit to the Botanic Garden we came upon these large plants sticking out of a watery pool of water. Come to find out that they are Aquatic Banana Trees; Wow never heard of them but they are very interesting specimens.
The Fiji Fan Palm is one of the many trees we encounted in the Botanical Gardens. The tree is a decorative palm with large sweeping leaves that are shaped like a fan; hence the name "Fan pal". The tree is native to Fiji and the South Pacific region.
Coco D'Amour is the unique local liquer mades from the nut of the Coco de Mer tree. The liquer is produced only in the Seychelles and can be found at most bars and markets. The bottle of the liquer is shaped like the Coco de mer nut and comes in a large wooden box.
Seybrew is the locally brewed lager of the Seychelles since 1972. This lager is light and crisp; perfect for the warm island weather. This brew has even won medals in Brussels, Geneva and Amsterdam for it's taste and flavor. During our visit to the Seychelles both my wife and I enjoyed several glasses of this refreshing lager.
Citronelle Tea is made from Lemongrass and is a Seychelles specialty. We first discovered this delicious tea during our tour of the Tea Plantation and then again at the Hotel spa. The tea has a fresh, clean taste and is incredible over ice. We purchased three bags of this wonderful tea to enjoy back home.
The Traveller's Tree is one of the many fascinating trees we encountered during our visit to Mahe. We first found this tree on our resort and then discovered in in town, along the beaches and in the Botanical Garden. The tree looks like a large palm with it's large green leaves but it is actually a member of the bird-of-paradise family.
The name "Traveller's" comes from the plants ability to hold large quantaties of water in its sheaths that can be used for drinking.
Anyone who knows me knows that I love trees. Sandragon trees were another intersting tree we encountered during our visit to Mahe. The Trees were large with a huge above ground root structure that creeps along the ground. These are the kind of trees you'd imagine in a ghost tale or horror movie; they had that other worldy vibe.
The Cannonball Tree is another one of the interesting trees we discovered during our stay. We found several of these trees on the resort property as well as other parts of the island. The Tree flowers and the flowers grow into the large round fruit that resemble "cannonballs" hence the name. My wife was thrilled to dicover this tree on our first day and I wasn't surprised she knew what it was(she is a warehouse of unique material).
The Coco de Mer is a variety of palm tree found in the Seychelles. This tree produces a large nut that can grow to be 40-50cm in diameter and weigh up to 30kg. The fruit takes 6-7 years to mature. The nut while growing is large an green. The mature nut is brown and resembles two kidneys together or according to islanders a women's buttocks.
The fruit of the Coco de Mer tree is used to make the local liquor Coco D'Amour.
The Flying fox (in german we call it "fliegender Hund") is a giant bat that you will be able to see flying over the landscape quite often in this part of the world. Form the distance it mostly looks like a bird, but when you are able to see its wings spread, you will realize it is a flying fox.
Fish is sold all over the island of Mahe and that way you will find a small "fishmarket" in almost every village of the island. It is always interesting to see these colorful fishes, that are mostly on display somewhere, where cars can make a stop.
The giant turtles are one of the symbols for the Seychelles and many of these giant animals are 90 years old or even more. I took my photos in Jardin du Roi, where we could see a total of 8 such giant turtles and we could feed them with leaves of the bushes closeby,that was a lot of fun. They almost dont make any sound, except a bit when they are chewing.
The fruits of this local tree have a bright red color and it was used in order to produce lipsticks. You will see such a tree in the "Jardin du Roi" and the guide will also open a fruit for you and show you the flesh, red as blood.
In Jardin du Roi you will be shown what the fruit looks like that finally will be exported under the name Nutmeg / Muskatnuss. All parts of the fruit (that is normally as large as a small lemon) are used for different purposes :The fruit-flesh is fed to the animals, the red peels of the stone are known as the spice "Maze" that is used for the production of Sausages like the Bavarian Weisswurst and finally the stone is the precious nutmeg, that used to be a rare and expensive spice in the medieval times.