Fondest memory: On my first visit I recall the smell of Tahitian gardenia and hearing a small band playing island music as I stepped off the plane. What makes this memorable, too, is that it was the middle of the night in an isolated airport (forget Kennedy or Newark!) It was the warmest welcome, I'll never forget it!
The main citrus tree in the French Polynesian islands is “pamplemousse” – and you see it on this photo in the container in the foreground.
Although closely related, grapefruit and pamplemousse – in English: pomelo, shaddock and pummelo – are not the same. In fact, a grapefruit is a cross of pamplemousse and orange. The cross of pamplemousse with a mandarine is – an orange!
The pamplemousse is the largest citrus fruit, the peel is greenish, whereas the grapefruit’s peel is bright yellow, and it is more sour than a grapefruit, it is less juicy but has a higher vitamin C content.
To make things really irritating, the German word of a cross of grapefruit and pamplemousse is called Pomelo. (And grapefruit is Grapefruit, and pamplemousse is Pampelmuse.)
The French call a grapefruit pomelo.
So we have three different fruits all called Pomelo…
Lush tropical vegetation is always very appealing to Europeans like me.
Be it coconut palms, lemon, orange, mandarine, or banana trees.
But those hibiscus hedges ae a beauty of their own. Most properties are surrounded by meticulously trimmed hibiscus hedges, and it nearly makes you sing from joy when you cycle past those flowering fences.
They come in so many appealing colours, from dark red over pink and orange to bright yellow - and all shaded in between.
Favorite thing: The vanilla smells heavenly!!! Vanilla is a member of the orchid family, and Tahitian vanilla beans are larger and stronger-smelling than most. Even if you are not a gourmet, bring some home!