My first taste of TERMITES!?!!!

Trip Start Jan 04, 2009
Trip End Jan 12, 2009

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A real culinary adventure: Senica and I ate termites! and they weren't that bad!! David told us they tasted like carrots and that was true - even the smallest termite had a strong flavour. He also said that the smell of termite is a bug repellant. Huh!
At Palma Real there are all sorts of food on the buffet - I especailly loved these cheese and bean quesidillas for breakfast. The cheese is soft and chewy and I'm pretty sure made from goat's milk.  The red meat we've eaten is exceptionally delicious and there is fresh fish at every meal. Some fish has thick bones but the meat is very flavourful, it is probably caught right in the 'front yard' ocean.
We also ate Wendy's because we thought it was funny that there is such things as american franchises in such drastically different environments. The cost for a combo was 83 Lempira which is pretty much what you pay in Canada (100Lmp is 7CAD). However, the average salary in La Ceiba is 185$US/mo, so that would actaully be a pretty expensive meal if you make so little. 
Our tour pretty much just drove us around and we looked out the window at the streets. No landmarks or anything like that really because half the town burned down a few years ago and the hurricaine Fifi did major damage to the architecture as well.  We got dropped off at the mall for an hour - it was a zoo in there, so many people and so much noise. I noticed security guards at the door of every shop and metal deteting with a pat down search to enter a bank! Woah!  A flat screen TV was 30000Lmp and a washing machine was 18000Lmp.  The price of clothes was quite reasonable.  The day before we had seen many women washing clothes in the river and that night we saw people cooking dinner on open fires so I think only a certain type of citizen buys a washing machine because probably most people don't have running water or electricity.  It seems there is a wealthy section of La Ceiba and we were told those families there are rich because they have a relative in the United States that sends them money.
I tired a new fruit and was very surprised that there are fruit in the world that I haven't tried yet.  This one was round and green like an apple only the white flesh tasted more like a dry pear.  This fruit was served in slices, cut like and eggplant, and the seeds were the size of eggplant seeds as well, only as hard as little rocks.  Does anyone know what this could be?
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Jaylene on

We are missionaries in Honduras and the fruit you are talking about is Guayaba. It does taste like a dry pear, but crunchy like an apple. You can eat the seeds, but they are very hard. They also make guayaba jam that is used in a pastries called pastelitos. Glad you enjoyed your experience in Honduras!

lolly on

Thanks for the info! I'm very glad to know there is a lot of fruit out there that I have yet to try!
Missionairies eh? Wow, what's that like? I imagine very rewarding to help others.

Jaylene on

Being a missionary is very humbling and, at times, very difficult! We miss family and friends in GA, but we know that God will bless and honor our time as we serve others and live our lives for others to see Jesus with skin on!
OK, since you like new and interesting fruits, try THIS one on...leeches! Here is a link to someone's blog here in Honduras that has the best photos to describe it. It's a long link, hope you can get it or google it. I hope you can try one next time you are in Honduras!

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