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HEALING HERBS: Can’t get hands on rambutan

ANNETTE MAYNARD-WATSON, [email protected]

HEALING HERBS: Can’t get hands on rambutan

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MS MONA ALLEYNE, a truly distinguished teacher, attached to the National Sports Council in a management capacity, once told me that “teachers never stop learning”.

Ms Alleyne, who was one of my teachers, continues to be a pillar of inspiration, has a captivating smile and I commend her prowess.

Last week I tuned into her many inspirational speeches because I was “floored” by the revelations I received about silent doctor rambutan which placed me back into the learning room.

As a herbal educator my focus is primarily on the development of typical Caribbean silent doctors. However, readers of this column caused me to further investigate our experiences in relation to this exotic fruit.

Moreover, last Monday morning, I was greeted by many readers of this column who understood the seriousness of my last article and enthusiastically informed me about the location of rambutan.

The answer to my SOS distress signal was first made at 5:30 in the morning by security officer Tyrone Brewster, who is attached to the Royal Bank of Canada, Chelston. After reading the Nation he contacted me, and like Mrs Karen Harris, rambutan is safe and sound.

Mr Brewster further informed me that a vendor located near his bank sells the fruit and that he first ate rambutan in Grenada while enlisted there as a police officer. He was never sceptical about consuming rambutan because he knew it was an exotic fruit and wanted to savour the moment.

Ms Eleanor Rice, a calypso tent manager, regularly consumes rambutan and provided details about her varied experiences.

Mrs Elaine Sealy from Sagicor told me that she gave her daughter Melanie rambutan to share with me. Melanie chuckled and said: “Ma’am! Rambutan is so delicious that I ate all of them.”

Then Bertrum, Mr O. Farrell and fish vendor Gloria Williams in Baxters Road all shared their experiences with rambutan. Mr Farrell, from Frere Pilgrim, Christ Church, spoke about his continental experiences with rambutan and you will read about them soon.

As the day progressed, other readers who left messages provided useful information.

I cherished every moment because I was learning, connecting with readers and improving on my research techniques and documentation skills.

In conclusion, I want to consume rambutan but it seems to be out of season. I still yearn to experience “the sweet feeling” and health benefits.

Regardless, I have to wait on the importers to replenish our Barbadian vendors and wholesalers. Till then, stay tuned!

Annette Maynard-Watson, a teacher and herbal educator, may be contacted via [email protected] or by telephoning 250-6450.

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