Look at the size of these blossoms that Sister Gillette and I are holding. Then, you decorate your clothing with flowers. I had this pulatasi made and the flower design is sewn onto the material.
Everyday, we pass a fale or home where someone has just planted a branch of a plant, a leaf cutting from a flower and banana-papaya-breadfruit-coconut-avocado from trees that absolutely surround them on all sides. The home may be humble, but the surroundings are anything but!
Pictures of homes surrounded by everything that is colorful, edible, and practical. At one time, the large banana and other tree leaves were used for the roof of your home.
When you needs some decoration for a holiday, you pull down coconut fronds and weave them around pillars and even your gasoline pumps. At weddings and funerals, coconut fronds are used for the majority of decoration. Weaving these fronds not only for decoration but into baskets and food dishes.
Mats and other foliage are used for your horse's saddle.
When you plant a stick into the ground and use it for a fence, it begins to grow into a tree.
Coconuts are abundant. Just today we saw a young man up in the top of the tree throwing the coconuts to the ground. They take the large outer husk off and you are left with a nice young coconut that you drink the liquid. Eat your hearts out as you buy your expensive bottle of coconut juice; we buy one every afternoon for 2 tala or about .80 cents. They are fresh and not processed. Don't know what we will do when we get home.
Below is the taro plant, the main dietary staple of Samoan people. It's as tasteless as a piece of cardboard. However, when you put enough coconut cream with it and onion, it is edible; but only in small amounts. If you want a daily allotment of starch, just eat a 2 inch by 2 inch piece of taro.