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The Sexy Scents of Tropical Flora: Vanilla, Pineapple and Guava Oh My!

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Part four of my ‘Adventures in Biology’ series from my epic travels to French Polynesia is now live. In this episode, we investigate why the island of Moorea ‘smells like sex’. It’s basically due to the warm humid air mixing with the wonderful tropical aromas of orchids, fruits and other flora. We get down and dirty with a local pineapple farmer, and sample some of the islands’ home made fruit liqueurs. Let’s face it: the aquatic fauna of a tropical island generally gets most of the attention – so this video is my homage to all of the wonderful plants there as well!

Carin Bondar About the Author: Carin Bondar is a biologist, writer and film-maker with a PhD in population ecology from the University of British Columbia. Find Dr. Bondar online at, on twitter @drbondar or on her facebook page: Dr. Carin Bondar – Biologist With a Twist. Follow on Twitter @drbondar.

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  1. 1. tuned 7:32 pm 12/16/2013

    You want sexy decadence? Forget the big buck coffee. Take hot pure water in the morning, add your favorite frosting (chocolate), a dash of real vanilla, 1/3 teaspoon of instant coffee for you coffee freaks (you won’t be able to tell, it gives a hint of coffee flavor). Stirred, not shaken. You can even add pinches of nutmeg, etc. as desired. Drink and whiff until ecstatic.
    Many types of frosting on the grocery shelves.
    Scary yummy.

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  2. 2. Cicel_Chérie 3:35 pm 12/17/2013

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  3. 3. Cudjoebill 4:13 pm 12/17/2013

    Fun vid! Interestingly, 3 of the highlighted fruits originate in the tropical Americas: Guavas, Pineapples, and Vanilla, as does my personal fave, cacao (chocolate!;)

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