Fresh Coconut | In A Village

Click Here To Try This Beautiful,Easy Thai Curry Hot Pot Recipe (with fresh coconut milk) | Gimme Some Oven

It surprised me – in the village… to see several banana trees,

several mango, and avocado trees —

guava trees…

— and lots of palm-looking trees…— but nobody seemed to know what a ‘coconut’ tree was.

Until, finally, running across a coconut in a grocery store in the capital city – I bought it.  It turns out – that all of the villagers I talked to — already knew what it was. They just don’t call them – “coconuts”.

Click Here for this 3-Ingredient Coconut Oil Biscuits Recipe | Gimme Some Oven

Sometimes, when you begin projecting with a new natural resource, like a coconut – it’s hard to know where to start, especially after reading about all of the benefits.  I’ve heard that coconut oil can be used to accomplish any of the goals of regular cooking or corn oil – but is a healthier oil overall.  For example, when making biscuits, coconut oil is arguably more healthy than butter.  Like fresh biscuits? Check out this 3-Ingredient Coconut Oil Biscuits Recipe from Gimme Some Oven.  Coconut oil does have it’s own distinct flavor – especially when you fry meat in it – but coconut is a taste that gets less distinctive – or strange – over time.  If you have a weakness for fried foods, it is best if you learn to fry your foods in the right oils.

When I brought home the ‘coconut’, the village kids were happy, and went scurrying off, coming back proudly with an axe – ready to break into the nutty, oily center. 

The coconut oil helps with several purposes – beyond providing a healthier oil to fry in.  Coconut products are also used for many cosmetic purposes.  Natural coconut products are a major ingredient for many lotions and cremes that work well to smooth hair and skin.  Not only that, the thick grease creates a germ barrier between the skin and any other point of contact – protecting little village feet from viruses in the soil, and their fingers from germs that can be absorbed by the skin.

Click Here to make your own DIY Coconut Ginger Scrub | Gimme Some Style

Infectious disease doctors instruct the parents of HIV positive children to cover them in oils like coconut oil every day because of the germ-barrier properties.  We have now learned that coconut oil mixed with a few more ingredients, like ginger, might actually form an anti-bacterial barrier – and adds an extra layer of protection from many different kinds of infections. Click here to make your own Coconut Ginger Sugar Scrub | Gimme Some Style.

At the store in the capital city, I also found a shampoo bottle of ‘Coconut Water’, which I purchased, and the girls and I took turns washing our hair to see if the coconut made a difference.  

Coconuts can be grown straight from the fruit itself – it takes about 3-6 months for the seed to even sprout, once properly hydrated.  We have not tried this yet, but there are several children looking into such projects.  They have successfully grown avocados, and mangoes – but we have yet to sprout an actual coconut.  

We are looking for some good coconut planting, project guides, and recipes – to share with you on this blog.  We plan to share a post and recipe about Coconut-Lime Shortbread Cookies, hopefully coming soon.  Another favorite coconut recipe of ours is piña colada tea, and hopefully we’ll find a recipe for something like that, soon.

Fresh Coconut | In A Village

Would you like to sponsor a tray of biscuits, or some sugar scrub – or a coconut tree planting party for a small orphanage?  Make a donation of $20 or more by clicking on the Support This Work button and make a donation today:

(We are kind of confused because a lot of people are reading our pages, but so far we have only gotten one online donation – and we are not sure why.  No one has the right to change our links or interfere with business relationships.  If you are not able to communicate directly with us, or our links – please post a comment below.)

Welcome to Pinteresting Against Poverty!

Our goal for this month is to be able to raise the cost of an Instant Pot via affiliate marketing | Pinteresting Against Poverty

Like this blog?  Share our work on your social media and help the people of our village.

Support the United Nations Literacy Project, and purchase a book below, today.

Mushrooms – In A Village | Pinteresting Against Poverty

Mushrooms are another wonderful – non-sacrificial – protein source that can easily be found around the world.

Look For These Mushroom Growing Kits At Natural Grocers & Whole Foods Stores | Pinteresting Against Poverty

Mushrooms can be sauteéd into tacos, breaded-and-fried, or chopped into beautiful salads, or cooked into soups, and taste well with most grains – and pastas – and range in price according to variety.

You can’t go wrong with mushrooms on your plate.

As a child, my family would look for wild mushrooms – called morels – which were difficult to grow – but pop up during certain seasons in the midwest.  Morel mushrooms can also be found in France and Germany, are considered a delicacy, and can be sold for twenty-or-more dollars per pound.  Fortunately, some varieties of mushrooms are much more conveniently-priced.

Try These Yummy Roasted Portobello Mushroom Tacos | Recipe From Gimme Some Oven

When I worked in a Mexican restaurant as a teenager, I was introduced to portobello mushrooms, which were the main-ingredients of one of our specialty street tacos.

Portobello mushrooms provide slices of protein comparable to chicken breasts in size, but these cute little baby bella mushrooms such as the ones featured on this post are a little bit more economical – and just as taste-friendly.  😉

If you are going into a meeting with inter-faith groups or international organizations that have food-specific or plant-based food requirements – mushrooms are a great option.

Try These Steak, Poblano & Mushroom Tacos | Recipe By Gimme Some Oven

When I started to work with HIV+ children around the world, I was introduced to shittake mushrooms – which are good for those who suffer from different forms of immuno-deficiency, and are a fresh option for a protein source – especially when refrigeration is not an option.

The widows in a village would gather, just as I did with my family as a child, and go to the hills with their long skirts to gather the mushrooms that appeared like amaranth to feed them, with a flavor so rich they smack their lips in memory of it while they tell of the blessings of the season.

Almost any meal that you could make with beef or chicken, can also be made with mushrooms – in a food shortage, or as a protein-source for vegans – or just because you enjoy the savory flavor and nutrition these delicious little fairy-like veggies have to offer.

About a year ago, I learned how to grow a specific variety of white mushrooms – from the concept of the Mushroom Mini-Farm product you can pick up at both Whole Foods – and Natural Grocers.

The children of the village were surprised to learn how the mushrooms grew, and were pleased with the subsequent results on their dinner plates.  Growing mushrooms is a great learning activity for children – even for young children, as mushrooms produce food rather quickly, there fore making them a great nutritional resource for hungry nations.

In the right conditions, many – but not all -mushrooms can be grown at any time – and offer inspiring nourishment -especially for the children around the world who suffer from hunger and malnutrition.

Here are a few great mushroom recipes – for mushroom lovers around-the-world.

Try This Delicious, Hearty Pasta With Goat Cheese, Chicken, Asparagus & Mushrooms Recipe | Gimme Some Oven
Try This Yummy Beef Stroganoff Recipe – With Mushrooms (Which can also be served vegan!) | Gimme Some Oven

Love Mushrooms? Share your favorite mushroom stories and recipes with us here:

Chilean Plums | In A Village

On a trip, far, far away — further than I could walk,

— a trip that happened after a long walk — in a luxurious contraption called a motor car,

— I found a Chilean plum, in a grocery store.

The color was delightful, and I purchased one…

Chilean Plum | In A Village

–to bring back to the village — and feed the children a taste.  

After taking a few videos and pictures with the beautiful fruit —

–we cut it into small pieces, and set it out as a treat for a four-year-old’s birthday, passing the dish around.

The fruit was soft, and juicy, and sweet.

We were careful — to save the seed.

Hoping to see — if it might be possible — to grow something similar in the village.

We all knew that if we could get something like that seed to produce — like a good “Jack and the Beanstalk” story,  the fruit could generate income, and fill nutritional gaps — for the orphans and the widows.  

Something as simple as a good seed could also house, clothe, and educate the widow with the green thumb — or — the struggling young student with the internet connection.

On a different continent, a few weeks later — I went to a grocery store.

 I smiled when I saw the same little plums on the shelf.  My hope — was that the little barefooted children in the far off village where these fruit were produced — were able to go to school by the cost of their produce.  

Some may think that someone as far away as a fruit picker in the subtropical nations doesn’t have an impact on their well-being or daily lives —

— but the fruit was just one glowing example of how far the efforts of their simple labor were able to reach.  The cheery little fruit was brightening the produce baskets in three different corners of the world.

It’s a wonder to me, that people can walk past the fruit in their grocery stores, and really not know the lands or the people they come from.  The fruit has a shorter lifespan, and yet travels further, than most people do.

Read more about human rights and how we are fighting malnutrition with our Rainbow Garden!  

Coming Soon:  How to prepare the plum seed from the fruit.  Subscribe to read the story:

Subscribe: [sbscrbr_form]