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High Rise Horticulture

High Rise Horticulture

Houses packed as close as Lego bricks with  little room for a blade of grass let alone a garden in parts of Ho Chi Minh.  

But up on roof tops, hidden from view some residents practice high rise horticulture.

 

 SaladLeaves

One of my students is a cook and passionate about food.  Flowers and vegetables are cultivated high above the traffic crammed streets.

Orchidriot

Orchids run riot.  Comfortable in heat and humidity they thrive to a point where Ms Mai resorts to heavy pruning to keep them under control.  A far cry from my coaxing and pandering in attempt to keep a single stem from dying.

PurpleOrchids

Trays of salad, herbs and vegetable greens pack the roof. 

GreenFruit

‘khổ qua – bitter melon

 

Looking around green stripes and pots adorn many neighbouring roofs.

Lemongrass

What can’t be grown on the roof can be certainly bought in one of the colourful markets.  I love wandering around the streets.  The colour and smells are so enticing but today I had a guide and I learned:

Brownsugar

 

That these are cakes of sugar made from fruit.

 

Cakes

These tiny cakes are baked on the spot, 

Stove

In charcoal powered stoves.

Tabacoleaves

These leaves are used for smoking and

Lady
a lifetime habit will do little for your oral health.
Shampoo
The infinite variety of beans have an infinite number of uses, to wash hair or
Beancake
made into sticky cakes.
Turmeric
Tumeric looks rather like ginger
MitNon

Mit Non

This large, nondescript looking fruit
MitSalad
is easily transformed into delicious salad,
Weddingfood
These leaves are rolled round the paste and eaten as part of prenuptial rituals.
FishSauce
Fish sauce comes in many colours.
Ricedumplings

Rice dumplings

The foods made from rice are more than I could possibly imagine.
Popadoms
Asbestos fingers are required to cook these flat popadom type snacks.

And finally, though hardly David Bailey quality, thank goodness I had my phone camera with me!
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