Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Fruits in Between Seasons

Some fruits abound for such a short time that I tend to see them as "fruits in between seasons," because they appear at the tail-end of summer and disappear just as the rainy season is in earnest.

Lychees are imported and so are expensive, leaving gaping holes in my pocket because my elder daughter can finish a kilo of them in a day. Those we've had this year are small with big seeds, so the flesh is relatively lesser, but so, so sweet.

Siniguelas, which my baby has taken to, and duhat, though, are quite cheap, mainly because these can all be harvested from the neighbors' backyard trees. A kilo of each fruit is about Php40, and would yield a lot of the berries, which could be more than enough for sensitive teeth, even if shared (the fun of eating these are in sharing in the bounty).

Huge makopa, freshly harvested from the vendor's own tree beside her house. Freshness of the fruit is critical when eating it, because fruit that had been sitting on the counter for days will have the texture of cotton.

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Anonymous said...

para na rin akong nakauwi sa pinas. ay nako nakakamiss talaga.

Mrs. L said...

I'm not sure I've ever seen a lychee "in the wild" so to's always been a flavor or I've had it canned.

Kai said...

Yes, I'm aware of our privilege to have fresh lychees, as fruit and not something canned or as a flavor extract. That's why I buy as much as I can afford (not as much as we can eat, for that has never been a problem!) whenever the short lychee season arrives.

Anonymous said...

your makopa pictures look crunchy and sweet. i so craved for makopas when i was pregnant with my 4th child. luckily, my husband's friend had a tree full of fruits during that time. - dona

Kai said...

Hello Dona. That's so weird, craving for makopa ;-) For me the taste is not so distinct, nor so powerful. So did the old wives' tales come true and your baby's skin turned out rosy and smooth like a makopa? :-)