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.
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.
The Caribbean is known for its tropical weather, but despite the year-round summer experience that these islands boast, one thing is always seasonal – mangoes! Mango season is in full bloom around summer time in Barbados with trees bearing gifts to share from household to household. Whether you prefer to eat your mangoes sliced and diced or with a good old fashioned squeeze, suck and chew, you’re sure to get a rush of sweet, unparalleled flavour.
As the stresses of day-to-day life prevail in our daily lives, we have come to recognize that, by necessity, it is important to pamper ourselves regularly for the welfare of our body and soul. We are often so busy with or daily responsibilities that we just do not make it a priority. While on vacation however, it’s the perfect time to indulge and pamper oneself. Getting a massage is one option and there are several reasons to do so.