For the first three years old life in Nicaragua I felt I was never operating at a level of optimum health which I believe was due to the large lack of greens available in the country and thus a large lack in my diet.
Until just recently I discovered that the reason for this absence of greens is not just a cultural thing, it is also heavily due to the fact that Nicaragua’s climate is incredibly harsh on the growth of delicate greens and without a lot of love and attention the unforgiving sun, scarcity of water and varieties of insects can make flourishing for these plants challenging and difficult. Thankfully my partner and I recently discovered a completely organic small family farm situated on the outskirts of Managua about 45 minutes from our home (the lodge).
Señior Grande (or Mr. Big) is the owner; a Swiss native who has been living in Nicaragua for over 20 years. He and his son Ishmael tend to the gardens together on their farm.
It is the only organic farm in our area (to my knowledge) that produces greens like kale, swiss hard and mustard greens, spinach and arugula just to name a few. Herbs include dill, chives, basil, mint, parsley, oregano, sage and many more.
Two major commodities on Big's farm is his organic asparagus (which you will pay a hefty price for in the grocery store and is not verified organic) and his over sized avocados, the biggest we’ve seen in the country.. Big remains true to his name.
What’s his secret? He says, a lot of cow shit for fertiliser and approximately 10,000 gallons per day of fresh water delivered to his plants from his well.
Meals you can expect at Apoyo Lodge
All meals prepared for guests at the lodge are a raw-cooked plant-bsaed fusion free of meat, dairy, gluten refined sugars and oils.
See below a list of all the plant-based ingredients used in meals served at the lodge which are 100% organic and farm to table fresh from Mr Big.
Guaranteed organic produce
- all leafy greens & herbs
- grapefruit (seasonal)
- oranges (seasonal)
- avocado (seasonal)
- radishes (seasonal)
- string beans (seasonal)
All of the lodge's fruits and other veggies are purchased from a small local fruit stand and nuts and seeds such as chia, cacao, cashews and flax are from a local market.