Posted 3/29/2019 10:47 (#7408037 - in reply to #7408007) Subject: RE: KARL 14
Their diet is a little different than what we're used to...very few vegetables. Lots of pork and chicken. All but no beef...and what beef there is comes shredded (and cut with goat meat or something, I'm sure). Actually ate more lobster than beef. Weird. Lots of fruit. LOTS of fruit. Lots of rice and beans. Interestingly enough they import about 90% of the rice they consume...rice farmers of America, let's get that market opened! Saw farmers drying black beans out on a highway.
The house I stayed at in Trinidad provided breakfast for me and the three classmates staying with me...consisted of pineapple, tomato, goat cheese, star fruit, and a couple other fruits I couldn't ID. The meat amounted to about a slice of bologna worth of ham to split between the four of us. The food was great. Have to be careful with coffee. You ask for coffee and you get espresso. It's fantastic. You can also ask for "american coffee" but I don't know why anybody would.
Their cattle are all skinny...picking through overgrazed pastures. Any of you ranchers could turn their entire beef industry around in a decade if you could convince their people to do as you say. Their ranchers have little motivation to take care of the government's land, I suppose. Ranch horses (as well as their other beasts of burden) carry a pair of brands...a province name and a serial number. Owned by the government. Wild.
Their corn is...well, terrible. But I guess that's how it is without fertilizer or widespread herbicide availability.
Their fencing is cool. Cut branches pounded into the ground while still live; they'll put on leaves. Dunno if they grow roots. Some will start planting cacti along the branch-fences. Wonder how long that takes to propagate but it's way cool.