Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge Now Grows Food Hydroponically
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The sustainable edible garden at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is growing, and soon we'll be serving up even more fresh produce in our delicious Costa Rican meals.
New hydroponic garden at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge.
A new hydroponic garden is being developed at Nicuesa Lodge to grow fresh vegetables and herbs for our delicious, original Costa Rican meals served in our restaurant.
The concept of hydroponics or "soil-less" gardening has been around for thousands of years. The word hydroponics comes from the Greek words "hydro" meaning water, and "ponics" which means labor.
Hydroponics is known to offer several advantages over soil gardening: a 30-50 percent faster growth rate, higher yield, less water used, and fewer problems with bug infestations, fungus and disease. Hydroponic growing mediums provide extra oxygen, which helps to stimulate root growth and allow plants to absorb nutrients faster. Hydroponically-grown plants also require very little energy to find and break down food since the nutrients in a hydroponic system are mixed with water and sent directly to the root system. The plant then uses this saved energy to grow faster and to produce more.
Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge now grows lettuce and other fresh produce hydroponically and sustainably.
Growing in our new hydroponic garden are sweet red peppers, lettuce, celery, and coriander (also known as cilantro). On Nicuesa's 165-acre private reserve we grow tropical fruit trees like mangoes, star fruit, cas guava, oranges, lemons, papayas, water apples, bananas, plantains and coconuts. Our traditional garden supplies pineapples, sugar cane, basil and spinach, among other crops. On the property, you can see the remnants of the cacao tree plantation that once occupied this land, and we offer a chocolate tour to show you the delicious process of making organic chocolate.
Dining at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica.
Dining at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is family-style in the open-air, canopy level restaurant designed like a rustic treehouse, with views over the forest, beach and ocean - great for wildlife spotting. An open side deck is perfect for soaking up the sun or gazing at the night sky packed with stars. Guests always love the family-style mealtimes, where you can share experiences about your day's adventures and other travels.
Exceptional, fresh meals focus on Costa Rican cuisine with an emphasis on fresh fish, tropical fruits and locally grown vegetables. See some sample menus here.
Nicuesa Lodge serves Costa Rican cuisine with an emphasis on fresh fish, tropical fruits and locally grown vegetables.