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Breadfruit - A Part of our Culture

The National Dish of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is Roast Breadfruit and Fried Jack Fish. The month of August is declared “Breadfruit Month” by the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in order to highlight and promote the nation’s culture and heritage. In keeping with the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Association of Toronto’s intention to inform and educate our membership and readers of the Association’s newsletter, Insight, and visitors to the website a series of articles with pictures will be posted here.

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Book Reviews - Vincy Publications

Open all of the Book Reviews we have on file and enjoy!

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Soufriere Tree

The flower of the Soufriere tree is officially recognized as the National Flower of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The botanical name of the tree is Spachea elegans, although it is often referred to as Spachea perforata (the latter name is actually a synonym). The tree belongs to the plant family Malpighiaceae, which is represented by a number of tropical and subtropical trees, shrubs and vines.

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The Doric Temple in the background of the above photograph was built in the early 1900's during the tenure of Mr William Sands, the Superintendent of Agriculture, and a fountain was constructed within the temple in the shape of an Allamanda flower. The Allamanda flower is the feature of this discussion in our Nature Corner.

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St. Vincent Parrot

The St. Vincent Parrot (Amazona guildingii), also known as the St. Vincent Amazon is the National Bird of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It is endemic to St. Vincent where it inhabits moist forest areas at elevations from 410 to 3,280 feet (125 to 1,000 metres).

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Native to tropical regions of South and Central America (including the Caribbean), as well as the islands of the South Pacific, plants of the botanical genus Heliconia (pronounced hel-i-k?'ni-a) are noted for their strikingly beautiful bracts. Botanically the bracts are actually highly modified leaves that are loosely referred to as flowers. These waxy or leathery, brilliantly coloured, boat-shaped bracts enclose the true flower clusters.

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Poinsettia, Christmas Star

The poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) easily ranks as the most popular Christmas plant, and one of the most lucrative potted flowering plants today. Early accounts indicate that the Aztecs, who used it to make a purple-red dye, and a potion for reducing fever, had cultivated the plant. However, its first use as a symbol of Christmas is attributed to a group of Franciscan priests living in Mexico during the 17th century.

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