CASKE 2000 > Survival > Food > Edible Plants: Tropical Beach
|There are many plants and trees that can be used as a source of food on tropical
beaches. Here are a few we came across during our trip.
This plant is found in abundance on many tropical beaches. All parts are said to be edible either raw or cooked as greens. It bears a white flower.
These grapes looking fruits grow from a tree. The fruits or flowers are easy to recognize (view photos below). Fruits are eaten when ripe (reddish color). They are sweet but contain a large seed.
Bright orange flowers found in bunches produce a small white fruit which is sweet and edible.
The kernel of the large seed is edible and has a nut like flavor. The Garifuna strung the seeds on thread and burned them like a candle.
Flat, reddish or dull green leaves are good. The fruiting capsules open by a lid. The plant is cooked and eaten in many countries.
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