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5 Typical Curaçao Plants You Will See During Your Vacation

Category: | Published on: January 9, 2020 | By Omaily Lucas

You might think that with such a dry and arid climate, Curaçao won’t have much to offer when it comes to its flora. However, it’s because of the climate that we have such peculiar Curaçao plants that not only makes the landscape prettier but also has a cultural significance.

For ages, locals have used their environment to aid and support their day-to-day life. Using plants for their medicinal power, their ability to be used as a tool, or their flavorful taste. There are a few Curaçao plants that you will definitely come across during your vacation. It’s important to know what type they are and what they are used for.

 

Cactus

There are many types of cactuses on the island, but one of the most popular ones is the ‘Kadushi’. The Kadushi stands tall thanks to its trunk-like inside and with countless needles on the outside. Next to the Kadushi Cactus you also have the Yatu cactus on the island.

The Kadushi can be turned into a flavorful and powerful soup with a slimy texture or are used as fences around the yard (the Yatu cactus)—because they’re so tall and strong.

 

Aloe Vera

The Aloe Vera needs no introduction. This medicinal plant has been raved about all around the world, with many brands using its power in their cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. All around the island you can see the Aloe Vera with its leaves layered on top of each other and pointing outward.

What makes the Aloe Vera one of the typical Curaçao plants is the fact that we have our own Aloe Vera farm, CuraAloe Plantation. We have many local brands that use pure Aloe Vera but CurAloe is the most popular brand that even exports its cosmetic products. If you ever need a bug spray or sunscreen, the CurAloe is certainly the brand that is often recommended.

 

Divi Divi

The Divi Divi is a very famous tree that represents the islands Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao. This tree is easily recognized by its leaning posture. Because the wind blows from east to west on the island, the branches of the tree also lean towards the west.

The Divi Divi is the national tree of Curaçao. Many companies have embraced the name and image of this tree in their own business, like the Divi Divi Airline and in the logo of the national TV channel.

 

 

Manzaliña

You can often find Manzaliña trees on the beaches of the island. They are large trees with big trunks and branches. The tree produces small green “fruits” the size of an olive. The Manzaliña is a great source of shadow but is highly poisonous.

Most Manzaliñas will have a warning sign next to it. Eating the fruit can be deadly, but you should always step away from under the tree when it starts to rain. The liquid that forms and drips from the tree when it rains can cause burns and irritation to the skin.

 

Calabash

Perhaps one of the most fun Curaçao plants is the Calabash Tree. This majestic tree with vividly green leaves comes in two species that are very much alike. You have the ‘Kalabas di Mondi’ (Calabash from the woods) and ‘Kalabas di Hòfi’ (Calabash from the garden).

This tree produces an inedible fruit, the Calabash, that can take up to 7 months to ripen. What makes this tree so peculiar is that the fruits grow from a small string-branch that sticks from the trunk and branches and not the leaves. The fruits are green, round, and hard with a shell that must be cracked open. The size can go from a large orange to a melon. The inside has many different uses like to make syrup, desserts, or as “dog shampoo”. The shell is dried and the smaller sizes (Mondi) are often used to make among other things, samba balls, while the large fruits are used as bowls and plates.

Now that you know the different Curaçao plants, keep your eyes open and scan your surroundings to spot the along the roads while discovering the island.

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