Sep 25, 2014

Nature in Madagascar (Island Hopping)

The animals of Madagascar mesmerize humans beings because many of them simply cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. Here's a list of some of the living species that make Madagascar home: Aye-Aye, Bamboo-Lemur, Comet Moths, Dwarf Lemur, Red-Ruffed Lemur, Flat Tailed Geckos, Flying Fox, Fossa, Tomato Frog, Panther Chameleons, and Pochards just to name a few. 


                                       Aye-Aye (Courtesy of animal danger.com)


                                        Flying Fox (Courtesy of art.com)


                                      Tomato Frog (Courtesy of Tumblr)

The animals of Madagascar aren't the only spectacular thing to witness. Eventually during your journey the scents of vanilla will enchant you. Madagascar is one of the top producers of vanilla and vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world. 
                                                Vanilla Orchid (Madagascar)

The vanilla flower is an orchid that produces fruit that is the result of pollination of the flower. Vanilla grows as a vine climbing upon some sort of support such as an existing tree or pole. Devoted workers must inspect the plants and try to pollinate as many flowers as possible. It is a labor intensive job and the process of producing vanilla has been passed down generation to generation in Madagascar.

A few weeks after pollination a long green bean will start to grow (the vanilla bean). The bean must continue to grow on the vine for several months. Once it is picked it must dry in the sun for another several months. Eventually much moisture is released and this is what gives vanilla it's distinct flavor and wonderful scent. 

Vanilla has many multiple uses. It can be used to make essential oil, perfume, and soap. It can be infused into tea or used for baking. Vanilla is enjoyed across the globe thanks to the hard working people of Madagascar.

NATURE is at it's best on the island of MADAGASCAR.





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