Palm Island Resort Launches Organic Food Programme
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From pumpkins to peppers, the luxury resort Palm Island launches a new island-grown organic food programme for the ultimate ecoluxury getaway.
Palm Island resort in the Grenadines is stepping up its eco-luxury credentials as part of its ongoing commitment to sustainable tourism by launching a new “island fresh” organic food programme.
Fresh herbs and vegetables aren’t always easy to come by in the Caribbean as a lot of food is imported, but Palm Island is now “growing its own” in a new island green house. Sweet peppers, dill, parsley, tomatoes, pumpkin, carrots, lettuce, basil and okra are all being grown.
The new greenhouse on the private island means guests will be able to tour the site during the evening nature walks and get hands-on experience from local farmers and enjoy fresh, locally grown food on the menus.
Chris Ghita, general manager, Palm Island, said: “We’ve had our first crops of lettuce, basil, sweet peppers and pumpkins. Our personal chef is creating tasty dishes such as pumpkin strudel, lentil soup with vegetables and herbs, pepper pot infused with organic herbs, beef goulash simmered in home-grown tomato carrot potato and bayleaf for guests to enjoy in our restaurants. We now include a note on the menu to say that all vegetables are organic and grown on the island.”
“We are giving regular cookery demonstrations to guests so that they can see how we use the local ingredients to create delicious dishes.”
“Palm Island has always had a commitment to protect the environment and we want to make sure we are an island of excellence when it comes to sustainability. By growing our own produce in this way we are cutting down on food miles and reducing perishable waste.”
The island resort also has a commitment to reduce water and energy waste and is part of the Project Planet initiative.
There is a plan to increase protection for the coral reef which surrounds the island. There is a restricted area for yachts thus reducing the dropping of anchors, which previously meant seaweed was uprooted and reefs destroyed. There is a special project ongoing to promote more marine life around Palm Island.
The luxury resort team also preserve and protect turtle nesting on the shores of Palm Island and guest are often invited to take part in the knowledge tips during the turtles nesting. All new born turtles are protected in a cool and damp environment, and they are then sent to the Bequia turtle sanctuary for further rehabilitating.”
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