Articles by: Linda

Naranjilla, a Strange Exotic, Somewhat Dangerous Fruit

Naranjilla, a Strange Exotic, Somewhat Dangerous Fruit

Naranjilla, means “little orange,” in Ecuador.  It’s a flowering, fruiting shrub–both beautiful and eerily other-worldly because of  its unusual appearance.  The white, 5-petaled flowers are smooth and white on top and covered with thick, pulpy, purple fuzz on the underside.  The centers have a yellow stamen. A new leaf unfurls […]

Cotacachi Land

Green Dreams: Our Land in Cotacachi

Cotacachi is a green valley protected by a ring of mountain peaks.   Observing the changing colors in the patchwork of farms and fields that blanket the mountainsides is one of my favorite past times. Since Ecuador has a dry season and a wet season, half the year the pastures fade […]

Death, Debt and Petro Dollars in Ecuador

Death, Debt and Petro Dollars in Ecuador

A toxic triumvirate of situations is brewing in Ecuador.  These three unfolding developments have the potential to negatively impact the quality of life for all of us, not just Ecuadorian indigenous who seem the most adversely affected. Ecuador has been busy racking up an enormous debt to China since 2009, […]

Plant, Pray, Eat: The Three Sisters

Plant, Pray, Eat: The Three Sisters

The three sisters had been waiting patiently for the weather to warm up.  In Iroquois tradition, they are known as De-o-ha-ko, Our Sustainers.  Now that it’s May in California it’s time for these three green ladies–corn, beans and squash— to leave their little plastic pots and be rooted in our […]

by May 13, 2013 Comments are Disabled About Ecuador, Ecuador gardening, Ecuadorian food, Self-Sustainability in Ecuador
Adios Ecuador, Hola California

Adios Ecuador, Hola California

For me, living in Ecuador is great.  But anywhere the grandkids live is even better.  After 6 1/2 years in Cotacachi, setting down roots, opening a business and buying land, none of that won out in the competition for my heart. When the cute little rug rats, one step removed, […]