All right, PAPAYA. I just like the word 'pawpaw', it's South Pacific equivalent. My tropical cookbook from Fiji has great recipes: pawpaw slaw, pawpaw seed salad dressing, lote, mousse, fresh green pawpaw pickle, and mango pawpaw punch, to name a few. There are some creative uses for papaya and I was thrilled to harvest the first ripe fruits today. Below is a photo of the tree, growing in the front patio, from what may have been sunrise papaya seeds from Guatemala, or not.
They are huge and have been ripening fast.
Pablo stood on the ladder and used the new weapon we created: a strong kitchen knife well-taped to an old squeegee pole...not too tall but effective for now. Look how beautiful this fruit is!
This week I have to get back out into the yard and finish cleaning up the garden areas. The cilantro below is flowering and will soon go to seed. Must stay on top of that. My project these past few weeks has been to add dirt to the perimeter of the yard where we try to grow things. The dirt washes away and all that's left is a shallow bed of tierra and lots of limestone rocks. The plants are very happy with their new beautiful black dirt.
I think tiny flowers are interesting, they are so intricate and delicate. These are the cilantro flowers. I'll try to get some closeups and maybe post them another day with the rosemary flowers from last week.