Monday, September 3, 2012

Around the World in 12 Dishes: French Polynesia


We've been whisking around the world via our taste buds and this month we landed in French Polynesia. French Polynesia is a group of islands located west of Australia. One of the most well-known islands in French Polynesia is Tahiti, which is where we decided to land.




Because of it's tropical island location, Tahitians eat a lot of fish and fruit. We decided to focus on fruit while learning about Tahiti. We searched out local grocery stores and found a selection of fruit for our tropical fruit tasting. We had banana, mango, pineapple, papaya, and coconut. Some of the fruits were very familiar to my girls and there were others we had never tried before. 



After talking a bit about the island of Tahiti, we grabbed our forks and dug in. Lizzie's favorites were mango and coconut, while AJ preferred pineapple and bananas. I loved the papaya!



Yum, yum good! It was fun to imagine being able to dig in to this fabulous fruit on a daily basis.



In addition to eating our tropical fruits, we also learned about Tahitian dance and music. YouTube was a big help. We listened to some Tahitian drummers and then watched several examples of Tahitian danceAnd when we were finished watched, the girls put on their grass skirts and danced the afternoon away! 
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2 comments:

  1. We spent time learning about the foods that grow in the Islands too. Hopefully we can get our post up tomorrow afterschool. Love the Tahitian dancing too, off to check it out, thanks for the link.

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