Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Growing papaya



The piece of land our house is (and a lot of other houses are) built on, used to be known as "Papaya Tuyn" and is still officially called 'Papaya bij Westpunt". I can't find a lot of information about it, but I don't think they really grew papaya trees here. Still, I thought it was only fitting to try to grow them myself.
I just sowed some of the seeds of a papaya I ate, and that worked like a charm. The first batch was eaten by birds, but I have seven seedlings now. One of them is actually already past the seedling state and growing really fast. I'm not sure these will ever produce fruit (sometimes the seeds of fruit you buy in the supermarket don't work for that), but I like seeing them grow.

I'm not particularly fond of the taste of papaya anyway, though it does taste so much better if you sprinkle lime juice on it. I do know it has a lot of health benefits though, so it's worth trying to eat it regularly. The leaves can be used medicinal too, so these trees will be a great start for my dream of growing a Caribbean medicinal and edible garden.
I can't wait till these are big enough to plant out! Not that I already have a garden lot ready for that, to be honest, but I'll get to that soon.
(Really? Well, probably not, but a girl is allowed to dream big, isn't she?)

6 comments:

  1. I am no good at growing things, so I admire anyone who can grow a tree!!

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    1. Ha, we'll have to see if I can get it to be a tree first. I do hope so ;-)

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  2. oh! it looks like you'll be able to start a little papaya grove!

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    1. I hope so! Since it's kind of hard to grow veggies here, I'd like an orchard of sorts. Papaya, mango, bananas, avocado... trees like that. I think that would be so much fun.

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    2. it is so interesting how we make changes to all sorts of things we do when we move. things like how we garden or don't, when we sew or don't, when and where we walk and how we spend time outside . . . it's good, but sometimes strange, to adapt to a new place.

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    3. It is interesting. And really hard too, sometimes. I still have a lot of issues adapting to this place, but I'm trying to find the old me (the one that was happy doing things she loved) in these new surroundings...

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