Rambutan on the trees and vegetable beds everywhere.
Maya introduced us to lots of exciting new plants - in this picture I'm sniffing some garlicky-scented leaves. Other plants were more familar, and Maya soon had us snipping away with the secateurs:
Lovely fat ears of sweetcorn.
And my favourite - pumpkins (or squash - we couldn't quite decide on which they were!)
Moving round to the OTHER vegetable garden (I said it was huge!) we then found long beans (still teeny!), Australian spinach and ginseng. There were also aubergines too, but not yet quite ripe for the picking.
Not edible, but beautiful - Papyrus from Egypt. I took a stalk to show my class as we've been studying Ancient Egypt!
After a sweaty hour or so in the garden, we all went inside for tea. In true Maya form it wasn't just a cup of tea of course, but beautiful purple sweet potato pie and delicious dark chocolate and caramelised orange tarts - drool!
Maya has more photos of the day on her blog here, along with a recipe for a ginseng-leaf salad. I made something similar last night... but that's for the next blog-post! We're having such fun using our haul of veg.
We started simply, stir-frying the spinach with garlic and oyster sauce as a side-dish, but have plenty more excitements on the way this week...