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In Season/ Rainy Season

by on May 26, 2015
 

This is the season of waking up to storms – skies thick with grey and streaked with silver. Thunder, lightening, all are part of the rainy season.

I need to equip myself well – ditch blue flannel blankets for tartan ones. Find good books to bury my head in, not necessarily buy but dig up and out from bookshelves and hidden drawers. Make cups of tea, from mint to spiced ones.

And delight in fruits and vegetables of the season. Even ones past, and leaving, and those to come.

Last weekend, my friend, N visited from Port Harcourt. She came bearing gorgeous fruits.

From these ‘local’ strawberries…which I don’t believe are Jabuticaba any more. Reason being that these have a hardy seed and I’ve finally seen a cross-section of Jabuticaba – with a tiny seed through which one can slice.

A reader suggested these might be a variety of guinep, known as Spanish lime but my research suggests not. Please, please, please…do you know what they are?

Melicoccus bijugatus, commonly called Spanish lime, genip, guinep, genipe, ginepa,quenepa, chenet, canepa, mamon, limoncillo or mamoncillo, is a fruit-bearing tree in thesoapberry family Sapindaceae, native or naturalized across the New World tropics including South and Central America, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean; Wikipedia

…to the crisp, crunchy Epapa. Monkey Kola

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UbeAfrican Butter Pears…

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and pepper fruit.

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What’s in season where you are?