“Someone once threw me a small, brown, hairy kiwi fruit, and I threw a wastebasket over it until it was dead.”

The doors and windows are open. The day is cloudy, but I’m loving the 76˚ after the hot days we’ve had. The weather prediction is for rain tonight, possibly even thunder showers, and rain into tomorrow. If I stand outside and get wet I’ll believe it.

Yesterday I bought my replacement flowers. I’m going back today to get some more then I’ll pot them all. When I was paying, I was shocked at the price. The flowers were only a dollar.

The leaves are still. It is cloudy and a bit dark. I can feel the difference in the air from all that heat and humidity. I am no longer sweating in place.

I just ordered my mid-month fruits and vegetables. I only have a couple of lemons left, a mango and two unripe plantain.

I have become lazy. My meals are mostly sandwiches or eggs and bacon. I open the freezer, stand there and see nothing which looks appealing. I think that has more to do with my mood than with the frozen food. It is hot dog time.

Yesterday at Agway I loaded up on animal food and bird seed. I also bought a great new feeder which looks like an Adirondack chair. The spawns of Satan would think it an easy place to dine al fresco, but I’m going to dust the seeds in cayenne. It keeps the spawn away.

I have some blueberries. I’m thinking of muffins or even a cobbler. Henry likes blueberries.

When I was a kid, the only fresh fruits we ate were bananas, apples, oranges, tangerines at Thanksgiving and watermelon in the summer. It wasn’t until Ghana that I tasted strange, even exotic fruit. Pawpaw, better known as papaya, was delicious. It was the star in my every day fruit salad lunch. At first I thought mangoes tasted like furniture polish smelled. It took a while before I got over the first taste, but I did. Now I buy mangoes all the time. The only pineapples I ever ate before Ghana were in a can. Nothing is sweeter than a fresh, ripe pineapple. I don’t think I ever saw or even tasted fresh coconut before Ghana. Aunties sold it along the roadside. They’d use a machete to split the shell then cut it into small pieces to sell. You had to scrape the coconut with your teeth. The oranges were so wonderfully sweet. They were also green. I actually saw banana plants growing. They were in bunches hanging from the tree. When I went back to Ghana, I saw apples were being sold. I bought a couple. They tasted different but no less delicious.

When I lived in Ghana, I loved bush meat even though it was covered in cayenne. I’d eat it with bread. It was sold on kebab sticks, and I’d always get a couple, especially on the train. Years later I learned that bush meat was a rodent, a big rodent.

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6 Comments on ““Someone once threw me a small, brown, hairy kiwi fruit, and I threw a wastebasket over it until it was dead.””

  1. jan Says:

    When i travelled to the Greek islands, I ate lemons i picked off the trees, they were that sweet πŸ™‚ . . . and you MUST have had blueberries as a child… my mother took us to pick them in Reading, which was right next door!

    • katry Says:

      There was a swamp and woods close to my house. Along one trail were blueberry bushes. My brother and I went picking every year but mostly ate them right there!

  2. olof1 Says:

    Nasty hot here today and so was yesterday as well. We’re back to work so now the heat is back πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    WE had much the same fruits here but instead of tangerines we had either satsumas or clemetines.
    I do remember my first mango and I loved it from the start but I must admit that I still haven’t fallen for papaya. The ones we can buy here are sort of bland in their taste. It does help some by pouring lemon juice over it though.

    Have You ever tried the American Pawpaw? I was about to buy two trees this spring but then the corona hit and they closed the gardencenter in Germany so I never got the chance. I hope they can open next spring again but who knows for how long we’ll have problems with this virus.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      We also have clementines. When they are around, I buy a whole box. They are so easy to peel and eat. Papaya is called the miracle fruit in Ghana. You can eat it as fruit and rub it on meat as a tenderizer. My favorite was if you add cinnamon and sugar and bake it in a pie, two crusts, it tastes just like apple. I made the pies for Thanksgiving and brought them to the school beehive oven to cook. They cooked in less than 20 minutes. Delicious!

      I buy mangoes here, but I don’t where they’re from. I’d need a green house to grow them.

      Have a great Saturday!1

      • olof1 Says:

        Yes You would need a very arm greenhouse to grow mango πŸ™‚
        Also about the papaya, the seeds are used as a very strong laxative πŸ™‚

      • katry Says:

        I think Peace Corps never mentioned the laxative because in Ghana we never needed one. We needed the opposite.

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