Tuesday, August 6, 2013

It is all green back home ....

Just wanted to share a few pictures I took during my recent trip to my home country Kerala, India .. This is for all who miss the green back home.. All the green fields, monsoons, smell of wet soil and coconut trees... Revisiting some childhood memories.... 

Peppercorn vines just beginning to bloom... 


Chikoo fruit or sapodilla.. 


Banana plant... 



Baby papaya .. All healthy and free of any genetical modification... Grows in almost every backyard back home... Papaya trees' popularity has increased recently as papaya leaves hold an answer to curing dengue fever..


Yup.. That's how we get our non GMO, non homogenized, unpasteurized raw milk free of antibiotics and hormones back home.. And yes, from grass fed cows... !! How cool is that...!! :D After washing, these bottles are filled with water and kept near the gates of every household and by the time you wake up in the morning, voila.. ! Its filled with milk already by the milk man... 


Panikoorka plant or Indian borage is a common sight in most southern homes - mostly used for treating cold cough and fever in children.. 


And the wonderful ylang ylang tree with flowers.. The whole area smells wonderful when there are fresh blooms .. 


Some common flowers and plants found in most homes... 












Still holding on to those droplets from the rain.. 


Green moss filled brick fences ... 





This plant is called 'Mashi Thandu' - previously used by children to clean slate... I do not think slate is by children anymore though.. It was also used to demonstrate the water uptake of plants in school .. A stem of this plant inserted in blue ink turns blue after a few hours.. 


This is called 'Chorian Thumba' - causes some serious itching when touched.. :(


A baby pomegranate ... 


Gambooge Tree .. 



Ginger plants ... 


Spideyyy... This one jumped from the web right after I clicked that picture... Ahhh.. Lucky me..!


Kadachakka or Breadfruit tree.. 


Wet chembu leaves right after a rain...  


Tulsi or Holy Basil plant... 


For all 'chakka' or jackfruit lovers.... I hear they dont taste as good as they should now because of the monsoons.. I hate chakka anyway... :D 


Mukkutti poo - An ayurvedic medicinal plant with tiny beautiful yellow flowers is used to cure many ailments in traditional medicine... 





KaatuKaduku or Asian spiderflower - another medicinal plant that grows in the backyards.. 


I am not sure what this plant is .. I guess this is some wild taro plant... Help? 



Our own 'Communist Pacha' - used to cure cuts, snake bites and many other ailments .... 



Thumbapoo... Another medicinal plant ...


Luvikka Tree - The fruit 'Luvikka' is used in pickles... 



Custard Apple Tree... 



Chembakkapoo..... :D 


All organic, cage free, natural diet, free range hens ... :D 


Coconut trees and fields ... 








Thats my favorite - The 'Touch Me Not' plant... ! 




 Grass fed, hormone free, free grazing cattle... All organic ... :D


An after party scene??? Empty bottle in the fields... ;)


Braal (Dragonhead or snakehead fish) fry's ... They just show up in the fields filled with rain water... Missing Fried Braal fish anyone? :(


 Yup... My timepass.... :D 




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1 comment:

  1. Such an awesome collection of pics.. A virtual tour of Kerala, loved them :)

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