Tropical islands are famous for coconuts. The Cayes of Belize are certainly no exception. And on St. George's Caye in Belize coconuts are bountiful, fresh, and healthy. In fact, our kitchen and Sandbar use these versatile pieces of paradise every day in one form or another. You are certainly going to encounter them on your vacation in Belize! So why not learn a little about them?
The Library of Congress has listed some interesting facts regarding coconuts :: DID YOU KNOW??
- Every bit of the coconut is used. As a result, coconuts are called the “Tree of Life” and can produce drink, fiber, food, fuel, utensils, musical instruments, and much more.
- When intra-venous (IV) solution was in short supply, doctors during World War II and Vietnam used coconut water in substitution of IV solutions.
- Botanically, the coconut palm is not a tree since there is no bark, no branches, or secondary growth. A coconut palm is a woody perennial monocotyledon with the trunk being the stem.
- Possibly the oldest reference is from Cosmas, a 5th century AD Egyptian traveler. He wrote about the “Indian nut” or “nut of India” after visiting India and Ceylon, Some scholars believe Cosmas was describing a coconut.
- It takes 11 -12 months for the coconut to mature.
Here on the island our main uses for coconuts include:
Coconut Water :: For hydration and also used in some Caribbean cocktails.
Coconut Milk :: Used in sauces and or by itself. Milk is obtained by squeezing the pulp from a mature coconut.
Coconut Oil :: Made in different ways by hand-me-down family recipes. St. George's Caye resident fisherman Joe and his wife Carmen harvest and make the coconut oil we use for cooking, using only St. George's Caye coconuts. (And personally, I use the coconut oil as a skin moisturizer. It's amazing and all-natural!) Coconut oil is also commonly used in soaps and beauty products.
Shaved Coconut :: Used in desserts, curry sauces, and in our house favorite coconut rice! You can also split open the coconut and eat it right out of the shell with a spoon. It tastes a bit like jello when you eat it this way.
Coconut Husks :: On the island we burn the outer, dried, brown husk for two reasons; for great flavor in open flame grilling and to keep the mosquitoes at bay. Husks can also be used to make rugs and mats, brooms, and building materials.
And the best thing about coconuts?
They regenerate and sprout easily perpetuating our love for their delicate flavor and versatile uses.
We all want to eat well. To fuel our bodies and our minds. To take care of our environment. And as a growing number of people are concerned about where and how their food is grown we thought it important to let you know just how FRESH and HEALTHY the food is at. St. George's Caye Resort.
When you take a holiday in a new country like Belize, to rest and rejuvenate or to romp through the jungles and seas, you definitely do not want the worry of "where will I find healthy fresh food to eat"? At St. George's Caye Resort we pride ourselves on locating and using the most fresh, locally grown ingredients to prepare and feed our guests, three delicious meals a day!
On the left our manager, Barry, is holding the Cacao fruit. The seeds inside are dried and then ground into cacao them made into chocolate! On the right is a farm in southern Belize where our fruit is grown!
Belize is an agriculture haven with a surplus of fruits, vegetables, sugar cane and free roaming cattle, pigs and chickens. You never have to wonder where your food comes from when you dine with us. Each ingredient is grown in Belize, by Belizeans, and delivered several times a week to our boats where it is transported to St. George's Caye for immediate preparation. Each animal is humanely slaughtered and then butchered in-house for the best cuts of meat and pork. Chicken and eggs are carefully raised in the valley by Menonites where pesticides are not commonly used.
Fresh juices are prepared daily from the best in season fruits. Desserts often feature chocolate made from Belizean cacao and coconut right from the island! Lunch and dinner often feature sea life that has never been frozen. Fish, shrimp, conch, and lobster are brought right to our doors by local fisherman so our chef can hand pick the best of the fresh catch of the day.
You may encounter food you have not heard of while dining in Belize. Cho-cho is one of our local favorites. Cho-cho a vegetable originally from Jamaica . It is typically sauteed, steamed or baked and tastes similar to zucchini. It is an excellent source of Vitamin C and amino acids. Cassava root is another favorite. Like a potato, cassava is a root that can be mashed, fried or baked. You can even make gluten free "bread" (looks and tastes more like a cracker though) with the root. Trying new food doesn't have to be scary when you know where it comes from!
Come try something new at our fresh food island restaurant at St. George's Caye Resort -which also happens to include a spectacular Caribbean view!
Did you know? We cater to those with special dietary needs. Gluten free meals are often requested, along with vegetarian and vegan meals. Be sure to make your diet preferences known at time of booking.
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