Ecuador gardening

Ecuador Food: Dining on Pig Food in Ecuador

Ecuador Food: Dining on Pig Food in Ecuador

Ecuador food is at it’s best for me when it’s fresh-picked and organic. Every Sunday we like to head for the produce market to pick up what we lack in our garden. Little did I know that Gary and I would have a small cultural clash with some of the Cotacachi indigenous shop-keepers there. All because of our penchant for fresh greens…

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 […]

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
Living in Ecuador: Morochos Part I–Self-Sustainability

Living in Ecuador: Morochos Part I–Self-Sustainability

Gary and I and two new friends, Holly and Gregory, ventured all the way out to Morochos, a village of less than 1000 people that lies about 8 kilometers from Cotacachi at an altitude of 9240 feet.  The Morochos villagers still speak mostly Kichwa. We went to check out the […]

Kurikindi: Cotacachi Organic Farm

Kurikindi: Cotacachi Organic Farm

Kurikindi Farm is a multi-cultural experiment in more ways than one.  No monotonous rows of monocultured crops here. You’ll find a rainbow of colors and varieties on their farm and even the veggies are multi-cultural.  The owners grow the usual Ecuadorian crops of lettuce, carrots, cabbage and beets, but you’ll […]