Trails

Economic Botany

This area tells the story of the plants that fed the people of The Bahamas. Setting the scene is a Lucayan (indigenous Indian) hut, built by hand from Bahamian pine stands. Here, plants that sustained the Lucayans – including the white Eleuthera pineapple, sea grapes and coco plum are brought together for the first time in hundreds of years.

Red dirt found in the beds is naturally blown in from the Sahara Desert, swept up high in the clouds during major dust storms and then deposited in The Bahamas, usually during hurricanes. This dirt is high in iron and increases the acidity of the very alkaline Bahamian soil, making it better suited for farming. Eleuthera has a lot of this red soil, typical of easterly                                                                  Bahamian Islands.

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