Jamaican Bees, Fruit and Herbs
|All photos by Laine Doss|
|Bob Marley eternally give his "one love" salute at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston.|
We head back into the Blue Mountain range, where the land is fertile and the cloud cover helps hide the tropical sun from sensitive crops.
The Lumsden's 75 bee colonies produce Blue Mountain multifloral honey. Belcour also produces a full line of preserves and savory jerk seasonings, all using local ingredients like guava, scotch bonnet peppers and sorrell.
Lunch is further up the mountains, at EITS Cafe, and Mount Edge Guesthouse. Michael Fox and daughter Robyn are the owners of this backpacker lodge, cafe and farm nestled on the hillside town of Newcastle.
EITS stands for Europe in the Summer, and utilizes fresh greens from the adjoining farm, which Robyn says encompasses pretty much land as far as the eye can see.
The crops are harvested and delivered to local houses and restaurants in nearby Kingston under the name Foodbasket. Robyn is part of the new Jamaica Organic Agricultural Movement, which is a growing trend on the island.
Robyn grows kale, greens, thyme, and the Scotch bonnet pepper, which has a heat rating of about 8,000 units on the Scoville scale.
Our last stop this afternoon is a necessary pilgrimage to the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston. The once home of Reggae legend Marley has been turned into a museum, filled with memorabilia.
As we wait for our tour guide to start the tour, we spot a group of local schoolchildren on a class field trip and chat with the kids.
Cameras aren't allowed inside the museum, but we were able to get a shot of the herb garden that Marley's wife, Rita started and the museum maintains. Alongside the basil, thyme and lemongrass we find Marley's favorite herb growing happily in the sun ... marijuana.
Tomorrow, we'll show you where to eat like a local when in Jamaica.
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