Saturday, June 23, 2007

Papaya (Carica papaya)

I think I see the day when I'll be eating papaya. The fruit you see in the image are still immature but as soon as they start turning yellow, they'll be ready for picking. A few days later they'll be ready for eating. I only have these two trees, which are about two years old. I've planted several in the past but they didn't survive the dry season. To be honest about it, I'd given up hope. One day I took a papaya fruit to the Bosque for a snack and threw the seeds and remains on the ground near the reception center. Well, you see the result. Serendipity at its best. Nobody seems to know where papaya came from originally but it seems to be native of Central America.

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