Nigeria’s Rainy Season Produce: October

Seasons come and seasons go, and fruits remain the same.

They appear, fruits with multiple harvest seasons.

The watermelons are the most vibrantly coloured. Wedges split open like rose petals. I find myself looking longingly for them as I make my way home after work.

Watermelons also appear early on in the year: January – March

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The wheelbarrows that balance ‘trays’ of wedges on whole fruit.

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Vibrant in watermelon-red I say but the greens are not to be trifled with. They are the greenest of greens. The very hues of life and tropical living. Green with health, and with abundance.

A harvest of tangerines and other citruses are enjoyed at the end of the year.

October Fruits in Season
Left: Tangerines; Front right: Avocados; Back right: Soursop

Soursops, Avocados, green on the outside, creamy on the inside. With multiple seasons of sharing their fruit.

So yes, the Soursops are back again and this time I am ready to contrast my previous life experience of eating them raw.  And only that.

On Soursop: They are considered mature when their spines are set far apart and the shiny green colour turns dull-green or yellowish-green.  If picked prematurely, fruit quality remains poor.  On the other hand, fruit left to ripen on the tree are often attacked by bats if they do not first fall to the ground.

In a non-seasonal climate, fruit may ripen throughout the year, but usually there are 1-3 harvest periods, with a prominent peak in the course of the main season. 

Beckoning to me, in this season of contrasts. Asking me to do more.

Soursops are in season in February and March.

October Fruits in Season
Tangerines (with orange flecks); Epapa and Soursop

Not only look at them as we drive by.

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Fruit stall at a popular road junction: orange pyramid, watermelons and pineapple

This season of scorching midday sun, and of thunderous storms long past midnight. Storms that leave rooftops beaten and windows rattled. With fear. Storms that are relentless in the fury they unleash.

This season is still rainy.  Not much has changed in that regard.

The Nigerian Rains

We’re all recovering from the flu or one rainy season illness or the other.  You know those annoying changes which turning seasons bring.

All the fruit is green.  Well, mostly.

The cucumbers are thick. Green, smooth-skinned and perfect coolers.

The tangerines are green.  Not very sweet but plump and juicy. I struggle with juicy but tasteless fruit.

Wheelbarrows of pineapples stand on street corners.  I’m back to my fruit salad days. Bananas, apples and native mangoes too.

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Avocados: green and purple

Soon I’ll venture out into the world of extracting their creamy flavours.

But for now, I’m content.

To catch my breath.

To admire the green.

#cucumbers as #fruit not #vegetables

And prepare for November.

See how I only just made it……I was determined October wouldn’t pass me by!

What’s in season where you are?

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11 Comments

  1. interesting! I look forward to this season to enjoy cherimoyas and today we had a delicious pair with my friend; nothing equals this fruit when ripe; hope you’re feeling better.

  2. Our seasons have moved from the dry days and afternoon warmth of “Indian Summer” to brisk, cold autumn. Our rains will begin in November or December and last until May. The growing of local produce moves south, to return next March.

    Learning about Nigeria’s rainy season produce was a joy. The sheets of rain drenching an entire country and it’s harvest of fresh, vibrant produce makes for a compelling post!

  3. Beautiful pictures… you really captured this season’s produce.. Whenever I was sick as a child, My mum use to make me finish a whole water melon and lots of oranges/tangerine, lime and pineapples in a day. Trust me the illness (usually malaria or typhoid/fever) had no surviving chance after two days.

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