Watermelon and Okra

The Caribbean series of Fruits continues. This time it is a composition of fruits….namely a slice of watermelon and a dried Okra.

Okra is quite loved in Trinidad and Tobago and it is a fruit that originates from West Africa. It is the main ingredient in Coocoo which is type of Polenta. Coocoo is a Sunday meal which is generally served with Callaloo and fried King fish. Callaloo also has okra and coconut milk which is added to a mixture of boiled Callaloo Bush and salted meat. Its greenish and gluey consistency may not be appetizing, but it is delicious to the pallet. But some people dislike the mucus texture of the seeds. To test how young a okra is, the tip of the fruit should break off easily.

Trinidad may not be blessed with the finest beaches in the Caribbean, but on Saturdays and Sundays people still commute to the coastal areas for to day and to take a good sea bath. And how does one describe the cool Caribbean breeze hitting you salt soaked skin while you are eating a slice of watermelon….? You just have to experience it yourself.

Watermelon in art: In her last work produced in 1954, a still life of watermelons, the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo inscribed on the painting the words, Viva la vida (Long Live Life).

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