Fruitful Times

“Don’t sit at home and wait for a mango tree to bring mangoes to you wherever you are. It won’t happen. If you are truly hungry for change, go out of your comfort zone and change the world.”
― Israelmore Ayivor

I love this quote! It really represents our life in Nicaragua. We definitely moved out of our comfort zone 13 years ago when we first moved to Ometepe Island. But now that we have settled into our little boomer nest, we are experiencing fruitful times.

Our last rainy season just ended and what a glorious rainy season we had. The past three years have been exceptionally dry, but now with the abundant rains, we have new fruits popping up everywhere.

Ron planted several avocado trees five years ago. This week, I noticed one avocado tree blooming and it is beginning to produce baby avocados. Last avocado season there were few avocados. The extended drought took a toll on the trees. But, this should be a great avocado season. It is still early, yet I am finding local avocados in the grocery stores now.


Last year we had one cacao or chocolate pod on our cacao tree. I was so excited because although the tree is seven years old, we never saw any pods develop. However, the pod cracked and fell off the tree last year. I think due to a harsh dry period. But, this year, we have a couple of pods developing and one is the size of my hand.

Ron planted two Jackfruit trees five years ago. They are now four meters tall and starting to make baby Jackfruit for the first time. The seeds can be ground into a flour. I am ready to make Jackfruit cookies.
img_3069How to pick and eat 40 pounds of Jackfruit.

The pigeon pea or Gandule bushes had a rough start. The wind was so strong it blew over most of the pigeon pea bushes. Their trunks are small and weak. Fortunately, the roots are intact and the pigeon peas continue to grow on the bushes laying on the ground. These are almost ready to harvest.

img_3067Soursop! Oh the delicious taste of this fruit! Its flavor reminds me of a cross between strawberry and pineapple. It has many health benefits, too.

img_3081And of course we have bananas. This year we are inundated with bananas.

img_3080The zan sapote is about the size of a bowling ball. It is a favorite baby food because it is a soft squash-like fruit packed with vitamins. Just don’t stand under this tree when it is windy!

img_3077Finally, our papayas are growing rapidly. I used to think papayas were the size of baseballs. But, our papayas will grow to be bigger than a football.

I didn’t mention our five mango trees. I am trying to ignore them. Presently, they are the size of cherries and pinging off our roof about 20 per minute. Sigh.

We have many other fruit trees and bushes, too. Most of them aren’t blooming, but soon!
Fruitful times in our little neck of the woods!

11 thoughts on “Fruitful Times

  1. Your cups runneth over! Yes, the abundance of mangoes comes with challenges, I still cherish a bumper crop… It’s not fun when they sound like firecrackers being hurled onto your roof!

    I keep forgetting to address your concerns about beloved ‘Miguelito.” So far I’ve not found out where he is – the children now attend school by the malecon near the river, and Miguelito is ‘elsewhere..’ Next time in Bahia I should see the directora of the museum and hope to find out more.. if he’s in Bahia, hopefully photos too!

  2. Good for you! We are having record rainfall here on the coast of Ecuador. January through March is our rainy season and it looks like this will be a banner year for local farmers too. Things are sprouting up all over our yard too. It is so fun to live where things grow so well all year long. Have a great day!

  3. Your yard is full of such abundance–you barely need to go to the grocery store! I’ll bet the healthiest stuff you eat comes right off those trees and bushes! In the yard here in San Juan Del Sur I think we have only a sour orange tree (and a small aloe plant). Nothing excitingly edible! I do envy your “riches” but I certainly could never put in the work you do to maintain and improve your home and property–you two are amazing!

    • Oh boy! I don’t think we are amazing. We are exhausted. 🙂 Ron loves planting new and exotic things. But, you are right! It is so much work. We look forward to the dry season when everything slows down in the garden. And the sour oranges make a delicious marinade for chicken. We have a sour orange tree overhanging one end of our house and the mango overhanging on the other side. Sometimes when the fruits ripen at the same time, we are bombarded with fruit falling on our roof. Quite scary in the middle of the night.

  4. Oh, I see many wonderful, familiar fruits here! Except for the sapote… I never knew about flour from jackfruit seeds, though. We also had much more rain last year which has really helped our fruit trees too (although Kingston is hot and we cannot grow things like cacao. We specialize in mangoes, mostly!) Thanks for these wonderful photos…

    • Petchary, I find it really interesting to experiment with new fruits. Sometimes our experiments turn out yummy, and sometimes we have to put them in the compost pile. 🙂 We tried baking the Zan Sapote and learned quickly that it is a fruit that should be eaten raw. But the Jackfruit seed flour made delicious cookies. Thanks for your comments.

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