During one of our trips on the higher plateau, I came across a little flower that was very familiar to me while I was growing up that I hadn’t seen for a while: the Balsam (or impatiens).
In Curepipe, where I grew up, they seemed to be around every corner. On the coast however, I haven’t seen them much. They must prefer colder and wetter weather.
As children we used to love looking for the seeds around the flowers as they would pop up with a tiny pressure of the fingers.
Sometimes, when they were really ready, just touching them would pop them open.
We also loved sipping the flower’s nectar. It would only be a tiny drop really, but it was sweet and nice to the taste.
What about you? Did you ever ‘pop’ a balsamine seed? What other fun seeds did you like to play with? Leave us a comment below to let us know.