As summer ends and the dry hot days of September kick in we say goodbye to another season of our favorite local fruits.
Mango season was so bountiful, unlike other years where we experienced mini droughts. I actually found a few stragglers of Haitian and Valencia Pride mangoes. Still juicy and sweet but not as perfect as they can be at the height of the season.
There are a few avocados coming in late this year but because of the extensive heat, they will not be as plump. The long-neck avocado is always a favorite. Its rich creamy clean taste will be missed on my tomato avocado sandwiches. We are also seeing the last of the genips. This last batch”s jelly comes off the seed in the middle easily.
The best surprise was the yellow plums. They were so plump and sweet bursting with flavor as the juice runs down the side of your lips. The trees were laden with the combination of yellow-ripe and green-not quite ready and light green-meaning in between. This one tree triggered youthful memories of the end-of-summer bounty. The climber searches for the ripe plums and passed them to a friend below making sure to pop one in the mouth, eating the skin and pulp and biting into the grooves of the seed getting that last bit of flavor.