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