The small yams grew nicely in a pot in the porch.

 "All the islands of Polynesia, with the exception of New Caledonia are of volcanic or of coral formation. The soil in the volcanic islands is very fertile, producing the most luxuriant verdure from the sea-shore to the mountain tops. The cocoa-nut palms, which grow in abundance on the low lands, give the islands in the distance a charming appearance. The natives live mostly on vegetable food. Taro is the staple article of diet, but yams, plantains, bananas, and bread-fruit are also plentifully used on the daily bill of fare. There is much of historic interest concerning the innumerable island worlds which dot the broad Pacific.

 October 24, 1889 

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 "That it may be seen about how small the health-food resources really are in Jamaica, we will state that there, "among the principal fruits, are the orange, shaddock, lime, grape, or cluster fruit, pineapple, mango, banana, grapes, melons, avocado, pear, breadfruit, and tamarind, the papaw, and the guava."  

"English vegetables grow in the hills, and the plains produce plantains, cocoa, yams, cassava, okra, beans, and peas. Maize and guinea-corn are cultivated."  

There are also the cocoanut, the breadnut, and the cobnut.  

Now that is a fair list of the health foods of Jamaica; and we submit that it presents not by any means a slim bill of fare." 

July 25, 1899 ATJ, ARSH 476 

  "It would be very natural for some of them to do this, as nearly all of those on Norfolk are of the same stock as themselves, having removed there from Pitcairn in recent years. Norfolk Island lies about 3,000 miles south of west, from Pitcairn, and about 400 miles north-northwest of New Zealand, as you will see by looking at the map. The island measures six miles in length, and has an area of thirteen and one half square miles. Like Pitcairn, it has a high cliff-bound coast, which makes it difficult, and even impossible to land except at two places. It is said to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. The Norfolk Island pines are the principal trees, some of which have a girth of thirty feet, and attain to a hight of 200 feet. The underwood is largely composed of lemon trees, and in the openings are found guavas, bananas, peaches, and pine-apples in abundance. In the fields are cultivated corn, common potatoes, yams, barley, and oats. The climate is most genial, the thermometer rarely falling below 65 degrees. The present population of the island is nearly 1,000 souls, the most of whom, as said before, are descended from the Pitcairn islanders." 

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