What Does One Do With Green Papayas?

Yesterday morning dawned beautiful and bright in the campo.

A lovely steamy morning after the rain.

A lovely steamy morning after the rain.

We were off to Chitré early in the morning with intending on being home shortly after lunch.  It didn’t quite work out that way with all the errands that we had saved up.  As I’ve noted before a trip to Chitré often leaves us with moths flying out of our wallets and yesterday we got a lot done and there were small moths flying about by the time we returned to the burg.

Many of the cabs in the campo are small pickup trucks painted the familiar yellow of a regular cab.  Travelling along the highway towards Las Tablas we were entertained by the sight of a truck cab travelling very slowly in the opposite direction.  The passenger had his arm outside the window and attached at the end of a lead was a horse trotting along beside the truck.

The countryside is greening up nicely.  There are still a few skinny vacas and horses grazing in the fields but hopefully they will have more grassland to graze on.  The trip itself was pretty uneventful, groceries, Do It Centre, Melo, quick stop in Las Tablas and back home.

We ran into a bit of heavy rain in the late morning and early afternoon but the closer we got to home the lighter the showers became.  As we pulled into the driveway and expletive rang forth from SU’s mouth.  One of our papaya trees in the back yard was down and leaning against the back deck.

Once we put our shopping away we went to take a closer look at it.  The tree was one that was full of fruit.  Apparently it was pretty windy while we were gone and with the ground saturated by the rains it didn’t take much for the shallow rooted tree to topple over.  We decided that there wasn’t much point to trying to stand it up so we decided to try to salvage whatever fruit we could, cut the trunk down, and stand it up again.  We’ll leave the rest to nature and see what happens.   I’m a little upset; that tree threw off a lot of shade, making the spot underneath it a good nursery for the plants that I’m rooting.  In the mean time we’re stuck with a somewhat ugly trunk and we’ve got a pile of green papayas we’ve either got to ripen or find interesting recipes for. Or perhaps we’ll set up a stand at the end of the driveway; Green Papayas 25¢.



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7 Responses to What Does One Do With Green Papayas?

  1. That’s a sad story! I’m so sorry you lost such a good tree, maybe you’ll plant a new one?

    • indacampo says:

      Well, we have a few more papaya trees but I do like them against the fence on that side for the shade. We’ll see if we can get it growing again.

      If not I can always plant another one! 🙂

  2. Kris says:

    Hmm, I’ve had trouble with even little ones falling over but since I have quite a few, I haven’t fretted about it. If they are big with fruit though, I wouldn’t want to lose them either. Maybe when they make fruit I should secure them to the fence?

    • indacampo says:

      Their roots are pretty shallow aren’t they? I think it depends on where they are positioned and where the winds are coming from. The one that fell down was definitely top heavy. We have another one out front that is just full of fruit but most of them are further down the trunk so it fared well as did all the trees with very little fruit on them.

      • Kris says:

        I noticed that. Even my 1-2 foot ones have barely any roots at all and I wondered how any of them stay upright.

  3. Allison says:

    That’s a shame! The fruit and wind weighed it down, and it could take no more. I like the idea of the fruit sign 🙂 Always something to do in the camp, eh? Here’s to hoping the tree sprouts again.

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