Tuesday, 30 June 2009

hasta luego araza

Three weeks ago I thought it would never end, the araza season seemed to be stretching endlessly into the future as basket after basket of soft yellow fruit became leather or jam or frozen yogurt or cookie or even chutney. But now the trees are bare (not really true, they already have flowers for the next fruiting), the ground below is spotted with the odd fruit squelchy and marked and full of worms. The season is over.

What shall I do? Looking at the Sapote Columbiano and the Carambola it looks like it'll be the end of July at least before they are ready to harvest. Which poses a different question - how will I cope with so much fruit? I'm working on recipes now for both, it looks like there will be a lot.

But in the meantime, what? There's small amounts of Cas and Ceylon Gooseberry, and I saw with some delight that we have a huge Hog Plum tree, although they're rather astringent and mostly seed. I'll experiment, seemingly traditionally they're used to flavor popsicles.

Of course there's lots for me to do. We're putting in raised beds at the back of the nursery and readying another compost area, plus there's tempeh and kombucha, fermented veggies and drying fruits, granola bars, ginger and cookies to keep me occupied. And it looks like there is a very demure nutmeg season on its way.


  1. Gardening is very much cyclical..... just like life, a full cycle of birth and death. As we garden, we are aware of whats nature all about.....

    Good luck to the new season!
    ~ bangchik

  2. yes, absolutely agree. Nature is about the present and what happens now is of the utmost importance, and about change, for what is happening now will not be happening in a moment. A beautiful teacher. The cycles come and go and we greet them as old familiar friends or lovers and enjoy them while we have them, knowing they'll return.

    Thank you for the reminder . . .


thanks for sharing!