Last week I posted this picture of some tropical fruits we harvested from the farm and asked for guesses:
Some of you did quite well.
Here are the answers:
Thus far I’ve found the following edibles growing on our property:
Acerola cherry, Avocado, Banana (many), Breadfruit, Breadnut, Cacao (many), Cashew, Cecropia, Cinnamon, Citrus (many various trees), Coconut, Coffee, Grapes, Guava, Hog plum, Jackfruit, June plum, Katuk, Lychee, Malay apple, Mango (many), Moringa, Nutmeg, Papaya, Passionfruit, Plantain (many), Purple mombin, Rambutan, Soursop, Star apple, Sugar apple, Tamarind, Wax apple
Interestingly, many of these fruit trees (cacao excepted) were planted around the same time I was planting my now-sold property up in North Florida. We’ve actually managed to acquire a piece of land at a similar level of development to our old homestead; however, trees produce faster and in greater quantity down here. Not a day goes by that we aren’t harvesting fruit of some sort.
I haven’t been able to find out if macadamia nuts are growing on any farms here, but I’ll bet they are somewhere I haven’t seen yet. That would be a great tree to add.
Here are some more photos from around the property. First, a look at part of the banana grove:
There are quite a few more bananas planted further down the mountain but I didn’t feel like walking all the way down the slope with my camera.
Here are some shots of the cocoa orchard:
We’ve already had some hot chocolate from the cocoa growing on the farm and I’m drying out more right now:
It’s not really cocoa season at the moment, but there are ripe pods scattered here and there through the orchard.
There’s also a massive breadfruit tree behind the house with plenty of almost-ripe fruit on it:
By the back of the house is a jackfruit tree. I’ll post more on jackfruit later this week, but for now let me just say it’s a really delicious fruit as well as being a relative of the mulberry… just a lot, lot bigger!
The children cannot wait for those fruit to ripen!
Anyhow, that’s enough writing for today. I’ve got to get outside and starting planting pigeon peas.