Sunday, November 2, 2008


I really enjoy growing things. I say "things" because, if it has a seed I will try and grow it!
Sometime ago I came across a clearance bin of tins that had been for Mothers day. It was Mothers day message plant. I bought it because it was cheap, lol and because I wanted to see what it would grow. Well when I opened the tin, there was the HUGE bean in it. I don't know what it is but I have never seen a bean this big. (If anyone reading this know, please let me know)I added water as instructed and it very quickly grew. It would be nice to know what it is going to be, but I guess that would take some of the surprise from it. Maybe it is Jacks bean! In case you can't see it closely, it has "trust" engraved in the side of the seed.

Kristin and I were in a dollar type store recently and she asked if she could get something. She picked out a egg that was supposed to grow. I was hesitant, but it was cheap enough, so I let her. We added the water and after a few hours the egg started cracking. Eventually the top had all cracked off and lo and behold there is another HUGE bean inside. It too quickly started sprouting. This one had, "I love Canada" on the side of it. I was surprised to see that it was put together by a local business. I plan on buying a few of these to give to my nieces.

I had never had tamarind until recently. I can't say I am partial to it, however, it had seeds :) It is a seed pod and from what I have read the insides are used more often in baking or candy making. So perhaps I am not eating it correctly and I would like it if cooked. Its kind of odd looking,

SO I threw a few into a container of water and they got all yucky and gelatinous.

I cleaned them off and put them back in some water, I am hoping to get the chance to plant them this week. I also have a pomegranate in the fridge I will plant. I have grown those seeds and they make a lovely plant. Then there is the mandarin oranges coming, I have grown lots of citrus plants. They have the most wonderful shiny leaves.


Hill upon Hill said...

I thought tamarind sauce was savoury like soy sauce?

I love those beans, they are incredible. I would love to get some here.

Anonymous said...

You are so amazing! I remember helping the kids grow things, like putting an avocado pit in water, a sweet potato, etc., but my green thumbs are totally non-existent. They are "brown thumbs." That first one, however, does look like a plant I used to have. It's unscientific name was Elephant Ears but I have no idea what it would really be called. You are so clever.

Momtosweeties said...

Hill, I am not sure if there is more than one kind of tamarind. This one is called sweet tamarind, but frankly I didn't find it sweet so maybe it depends on what is added to it when cooked?
I dont think I would be allowed to mail you seeds in Australia or I would off to send you one of these.

Clane Gessel said...

Wow! You are amazing! What an innovative idea... let me know what happens :)

Clane Gessel said...

Anytime :)

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