Our family had such a wonderful morning at Sun Valley Plantation. We felt as if we were being welcomed into a long lost family member's home as we were greeted with a delicious glass as sauriel juice, lightly spiced with ginger. The walk through the garden was educational and inspirational as we discovered all kinds of new fruits and vegetables and got to sample on our walk. Did you know pineapples grow on the ground and the plant only bears one fruit per year? My 4 year old daughter wanted to collect specimens of everything in a basket, and decided to use her sun hat as the basket. Lorna, the owner of the plantation, went along with this, and we collected quite an assortment of fruit! Our daughter was thrilled! The light lunch that was served was delicious. The passion fruit juice was so outstanding that our 15 month old figure out how to say "jus" for the first time as she guzzled hers and then mine. We had been hearing about ackee and salt fish, which is the national dish here, for a few days, but as it is served at breakfast time, we had not yet coordinated to eat it. We had been missing out. We left the plantation with a breadfruit to fry up, and a bunch of other native treats, including the recipe for ackee and salt fish in our head. And so, I was inspired to try my hand at some traditional Jamaican cooking. Our "main man" (his words) and driver Big John got us some ackee, and we picked up the balance of the ingredients. Yum! Not to be missed if you are in the area for a few days. It is a great balance to the beach and waterfalls.
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