The cherry tree because they know that the Barbados cherry is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C in the world, exceeded only by the rosehip. One cherry can contain 134% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C, which is a known anti-oxidant, good for building collagen, protecting mucus membranes and preventing scurvy. It is also an excellent astringent. (The cherry is also a significant source of Vitamin A.) Used in both modern and folk medicine, it treats liver complaints, diarrhoea, dysentery, coughs and colds. It is even used to fight cancer, especially that of the colon.
“…a palace with which Aladdin himself might have been satisfied.” JAMES ANTHONY FROUDE (1818-1894), British historian and editor, Fraser’s Magazine, on Farley Hill in its heyday. Today, Farley Hill is a charred ruin and a national park of Barbados, but for 100 years it was a breathtaking wonder of a great house where Sir Graham Briggs, a rich British planter and legislator, entertained the crème de la crème of Barbadian society and even British royalty, including Prince Alfred, Prince Albert and Prince George (who later became King George V). The original building, Grenade Hall, was built in the 1800s by Sir Graham’s father, and he bequeathed it to Sir Graham in 1856. Sir Graham renamed the property “Farley Hill” after a British school of which he had happy memories. Folklore attributes 99 windows to his dream of a mansion. However, after his death in 1887, the building gradually became dilapidated […]
Fancy a coconut? If you longingly imagine a machete-wielding vendor on the roadside presenting you with an expertly cut shell, which serves as a natural cup for coconut juice drunk with a straw, you are not necessarily a visitor but quite possibly a Barbadian. The novel presentation appeals to both visitors and locals and the coconut water, perfect for quenching thirst and pleasingly low in calories, also appeals to both groups. The coconut water has other merits as well. It helps deal with problems of the kidney and bladder of concern to all. Coconut water is not the only gift of the coconut. Coconut jelly, when grated, makes an excellent ingredient in coconut bread, sugar cakes and ice cream, served in hotels and homes alike, and is also a great treat when eaten, scooped out straight from the coconut.
Looking for an outing for the kids, and indeed the whole family? We suggest a trip to the north of the island to Barbados’ second city, Speightstown, also known as “Little Bristol” because of strong trading links with that English city in the past. This is not a bustling city like the island’s capital, Bridgetown; indeed, it is rather sleepy and quite quaint but wonderfully rich in history and culture. First stop should be Arlington House, one of the island’s best-kept secrets. Dating back 300 years, this ‘single house’ of Charleston style was restored by the Barbados National Trust and eventually opened to the public in 2008. Despite its historic setting, this museum could not be more modern in its use of technology, creating an interactive experience extremely educational and enjoyable for all ages, but especially for those of primary or early secondary school age.
Over the years Barbados has produced some of the best in the sport, chief among them being our only living National Hero, the Right Excellent Sir Garfield Sobers, OCC, widely acknowledged as “the greatest cricketer the world has ever seen”. Other legends from Barbados include the unforgettable batting trio known as the 3Ws – Sir Frank Worrell, Sir Clyde Walcott and Sir Everton Weekes; the feared bowling duo, Sir Wes Hall and Sir Charles Griffith, the dynamic openers, Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge and the terrifying fast bowler, Malcolm Marshall. All of these played for Barbados and the West Indies with great distinction.