Cascading Palm Nuts for Lola

June 25, 2011 § 5 Comments

Still chugging away at the Pellet Project, of course, but I thought I’d take a brief break to post some lovely photos of these beautiful, plump, and fresh Canary Island Date Palm Nuts from the Cozy Nestbox!  I took advantage of a recent sale of theirs and ordered some beautiful, fresh palm nuts for Lola.  She goes absolutely crazy for these, especially when they are still on the stalks!  I took a large stalk and tied it to the top of her cage, right next to her boing. She feasted on them all day long and was very, very pleased!  She’s become quite skilled at cracking them right open to get to the inner parts.  She didn’t even want to come out of her cage a few times!

One of my sisters saw these in her cage and asked what they were.  I told her that they were palm nuts and they were one of Lola’s absolute favorite things to chew up and play with.  She plucked one right off the stalk and put it in her mouth– her reaction was priceless!!  She ran to the bathroom to spit it out.  She said it tasted chalky and was completely stuck in her two front teeth!!

Luckily for Lola, it seems she won’t have any competition when it comes to the palm nuts 🙂

Canary Island Date Palm Nuts

June 10, 2011 § 3 Comments

Lola is a  Fan Palm Nut monster– the size and texture are exactly to her liking.  She enjoys the occasional Christmas or even Queen Palm Nut every once in a while, but nothing gets her like a Fan.  They’re so much smaller in size than the others and the perfect shape for Lola to snap right in half in her beak!  She never tires of them.  When Kelly of The Cozy Nestbox posted about a new palm nut– the Canary Island Date Palm Nut– I was very, very intrigued!  They looked about the same size as the Fans, but with a beautiful, rich golden hue to them.  Unfortunately there are such limited quantities that they aren’t usually available for public sale.

Well, on my last order (a nice big Fan Palm Nut order before they went out of season), Kelly was extra generous and was kind enough to let us sample these beautiful Canary Island Date Palm Nuts!  These palm nuts look beautiful in photos, but their color truly pops in person.  They range from a very deep mustard to a sparkling golden hue, and their stalks are just as gorgeous!  I was so, so pleased to be able to sample them.  I washed them as necessary and handed them over to Lola to be the final judge!

She dived right in without hesitation and chomped a big bowl full of them– maybe 25 loose Canary Island Date Palm Nuts in total!!  She had a field day!!  Like the Fans, they are the perfect size for her beak and talons and she snapped them all into halves and slivers after extracting those beautiful outer skins and fruits.  She adores these palm nuts so much.  I have a beautiful stalk with the palm nuts still attached in the freezer as well as a special treat one day.  Lola really goes nuts when she can pluck them off of the stalk herself, so I know she will enjoy it.

I very highly recommend The Cozy Nestbox‘s excellent palm nuts and other exotic fruits and foraging treats.  They are amazingly enriching treats, chews, and foraging “toys” all wrapped up in one!  Many of the items are seasonal, but Lola’s top favorites are the Fan Palm Nuts, Pandanus fruit, and now, Canary Island Date Palm Nuts.  Larger birds (or birds Lola’s size that are less lazy) would do really well with the Foxtail, Bismarck, Queen, and Christmas Palm Nuts too.  Rumor has it that the Royal Poinciana Seed Pods should be back in season soon, and we never got to try those last year…!

Lazy Sunday with Palm Nuts

May 8, 2011 § 2 Comments

We’re having a bit of a lazy Sunday.  Well, at least the birds are.  I spent the morning scrubbing cage bars and perches.  Here’s Lola enjoying her very favorite snack: a frond of fan palm nuts, simply quick linked to the cage.

(Please pardon Charles’s screaming in the background.)  I’ve noticed that Lola doesn’t care for the outer part at all– the actual fruit.  She goes right for the kernel and presumably, the nut part inside.  She also likes chewing on the stalk itself, though, after she’s decimated all of the palm nuts.

I ordered some more during The Cozy Nestbox’s “Treat Your Birds Like Royalty” Sale, so Lola is very pleased that we have more fan palm nuts on the way, along with some queen palm nuts and of course, pandanus fruit.  She loves these chewy delights!

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