Hi. Welcome to the farm…
It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Home and Country, “What’s growing now?” update. I totally missed the early summer season with our first ever lychee crop. (They were really good!) But moving right along…
Things have been FRUITFUL around here, to say the least. We’ve had bumper crops of so many good things!
Bananas are our main year-round fruit here. We actually grow apple-bananas which, if you haven’t tried them, are the best banana in the world. They are a little shorter and thicker than your typical Chiquita (perfect snack-size!) They are also firmer, and they last really well without getting mushy. Plus they have just a touch of tart to them (thus the “apple” part of the name I suppose?)
But there’s much more than bananas growing now…Here’s a look at the harvest-variety that Dave brought in last week:
(I’m not an expert on all of the varieties yet…here’s what I know…)
Do you just love all of the greens and yellows?! Side story: When I was a little girl, I had a tiny bedroom that my dad built with the coolest built-in bunk-bed complete with a mini playroom underneath it. My folks went crazy decorating the entire room in greens and yellows. There was this to-die-for 70’s wall paper with big green and yellow flowers, and dad made a matching green and yellow flower mirror, and the greens and yellows just went on and on…Oh I wish I had a picture of that bedroom. But needless to say, these colors bring me to happy places! 🙂
Back to the property:
This was our first year of having a healthy crop of mangoes.
And let’s just stop right there. MANGOES? I’m literally a breath away from calling them my new favorite fruit. (I hope raspberries don’t read my blog…)
Mangoes to me taste like the most pure form of fruit…Like what I imagine Adam and Eve living on while walking around naked and happy in that garden. (You know, before…)
I’m super grateful for Dave because as much as I love fruit, I don’t think I would find the time/energy to go out and harvest all of this stuff. He literally gets home from work and heads straight out to the trees. Thirty minutes later he comes in and fills my counters with a bounty. Then he carefully cleans and cuts the mangoes up and freezes them by the bag-full. (Next I need an industrial-size freezer to store it all!)
Oh, and sometimes he juices…
And I fall in love all over again.
Then my job is to get creative with everything. Besides freezing the mangoes and bananas, I bake everything I can think of…(whole wheat, honey-sweetened banana bread, low fat banana chocolate chip cookies, the best ever banana cake, papaya bars , papaya pie….)
And finally, I dehydrate for days.
And days. Best snack ever, right here:
So my friends, that is a little peek at what’s growing now. We still hope to plant a big veggie garden, but until then, I am planting a bunch of seeds in my Tower Garden (which I really love!)
Do you have a garden? What do you like to grow? (Herbs on the windowsill absolutely count!)
What is your favorite fruit? (I’m dreaming of a crunchy apple right off the tree at my home in Washington right now…)
Monica and crew…