Nothing gives me the greatest pleasure than to pick the (golden) fruits of my labour!. Now that the season of the Indian blackberry and mangoes are over, it’s time for these very sweet guavas. I like to pick them when they turn to this luscious yellow. We have them fresh, never having being too fond of jam and other sweetened stuff. All the fruit that I get from my trees are shared with relatives and friends. The birds and the wasps also get their share. Fallen fruit are savoured by ants and a few species of butterflies. My three trees did not disappoint this year so I know next year it’s going to be even better!
The canavalia beans need to be picked when they are very tender. When picked they should come off easily. If you need to struggle a bit then you know that it’s no longer tender and will surely go to waste! If left on the vine, they can easily grow to be a foot long! Compare the size of the dried bean (above) that I’ve kept for the seeds.
Lastly, the bitter gourd vine ( most likely a gift from the wind because I didn’t plant it there) is doing really well and going every which way. I’m keeping it in check with a narrow vertical trellis placed next to the wall. Like its name, the taste of this vegetable is bitter. But having been used to many such vegetables and herbs from a young age, we love the taste. They come in many sizes, some are longer and some are really tiny. The leaves and tender shoots are also edible.
As for other garden produce, I am looking forward to the sponge gourd and a sweet variety of banana locally known as “Jahaji”. I hope I’ll be able to share the photos when the time comes….