The best part of the trip is being able to spend some time with my sisters. We don't get to see enough of each other, so this weekend has been fantastic.
If I were to choose the part of the tour that is my favorite, I'd have to say the lotus flowers.
They are beautiful and smell wonderful. The sweet scent lightly waifs into the boat adding another dimension to the beauty of the swamp.
And they are everywhere. Lily pads and white flowers dot the open water and there seem to be hundreds of them in an area.
I was surprised to learn that the young leaves are edible and can be cooked like cabbage. The seed are also edible, but I didn't try tasting any of it.
I picked a seedpod and opened it to see what the seed look like, but I wasn't so brave as to eat one. The pod was brown and dry, and the tour guide said that those need to be cooked, like dry beans. We didn't get close enough to a green one, but I wouldn't have eaten one anyway.
Who wants to get sick in a boat in the middle of a swamp? Not me. And while I wasn't really worried that the seed would get me sick, I didn't know for certain and I surely do not want to tempt fate!