Saturday, June 5, 2010

Christmas trees and Sugarcane juice

Unlike in countries in the temperate zone, the only Christmas trees you find in India are man made ones. In December, they sprout up everywhere. Beside the Road.

On the pavement against a backdrop of painted banana plants.

But what is it you see behind the tree?
A sugarcane crusher - you shove stems of sugarcane into it, rotate the handle, and the juice gets crushed out and collected to be sold at Rs. 5 per glass.


Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - These are lovely 'photos. I'd never seen a sugarcane crusher before, so that picture also taught me : ).


Most informative Rayna,

Enjoy your week-end.

Mason Canyon said...

Neat photos. Hadn't thought about other countries not having live Christmas trees. Learned something today. Thanks.

Thoughts in Progress

Clarissa Draper said...

It's similar here in Mexico. They don't have real ones...well, that's not true, they do. But, they're really expensive. So most small trees end up at the curb at the end of the year.

Recently, I tried sugar cane and loved it. They take the cane here and put the juice with other things or they just suck on the cane. I liked it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'd not thought about countries lacking in pine trees either.

Jemi Fraser said...

We're so surrounded by pine trees, it's hard to imagine not having them.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Cool! I've never had sugar cane juice.

slommler said...

Wonderful photos! I have never tried sugar cane either. And we too are surrounded with all kinds of evergreen trees. Amazing

Patricia Stoltey said...

I love your photos, Rayna, and the interesting info about Christmas trees in your corner of the world. There are plenty of evergreens here in Colorado, and yet we sometimes don't buy a tree at Christmas. It seemed so much more important and fun when our kids were little.

I've tasted sugar cane but never sugar cane juice. Sounds like something I would like, since I have a serious sweet tooth.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I've had a fake tree all my life, even though we could get a real one if we wanted.

Guinevere said...

Neat photos! I just stumbled across your blog but I'll be sticking around. :)

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Margot - thank you. Maybe I should do a photo essay on sugercane juice. But will have to wait for the rains to get over before I can take those pictures.

@ Yvonne - thank you.

@ Mason - we have pines only in the Himalayas. The rest of the country doesn't.

@ Clarissa - I guess it is the same thing here. If you really want a tree, I guess you could get one,but they would be really expensive.
I prefer sucking the sugarcane myself.

@ Alex - and it is not even science fiction!

@ Jemi - and we have the trees that you would associate with rain forests

@ Debra - not very different from what you get when you such a cane, but much less messy and not as much fun.

@ SueAnn - aren't you in New Mexico? Isn't that desert?

@ Patricia - somehow, to me, it seems pointless to cut down a entire tree just for a couple of weeks. Even if I could get a real one, I would probably prefer a fake tree, or a tree in a pot.
And we seem to share a tooth!

@ Diane - much more eco-friendly, I agree.

@ Guinevere - thanks for stopping by. And I will visit you soon.


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