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First WWOOFers of the season

Jade and Mike cutting bananas for the dehydrator.

Jade and Mike cutting bananas for the dehydrator.

Jade and Mike arrived a couple of days ago from Kentucky/Indianapolis.  The morning of their first day, after a tour of the farm, we got ready to fill up the dehydrator.  First we picked all of the ripe Muntingia, also known as Cotton Candy fruit because they taste just like it.  Then we sat down to cut all the ripe fruit in the barn, which consisted of Carambolas, Bananas as well as Longans and arranged them on dehydrator trays.  Longans take an extra amount of patience.  First you have to peel off the out shell; then you rinse the “eyeball”; last, cut around the seed very carefully because they are super slippery and you end up with 2 little cup-shaped pieces of Longan flesh.  They are AMAZING dried!  In fact, I heard they are an aphrodisiac in Indonesia (or was it Thailand?).

Top to bottom: Carambolas, Longans, Bananas and Muntingia in the dehydrator.

Top to bottom: Carambolas, Longans, Bananas and Muntingia in the dehydrator.

A Bounty of Bananas

Bananas!

Bananas!

Bananas seem quite unpredictable. You wait with bated breath – for an eternity, it seems. First the plants grow for awhile. Then suddenly one day, you notice that a bloom is emerging – or more likely, you see that not only has the bloom popped out, but there are baby bananas peeking out from the curled-back (uh, what are they, anyway – sepals? sheaths?) modesty shields. New rows of baby bananas keep appearing for a bit, then you stop noticing. Some time later (weeks? months?) you realize that there’s a full stalk of bananas there, not quite filled out yet. And the waiting begins. Now it seems like they just sit there and sit there with no perceptible change. But wait! Suddenly, they’re fat and plump and – NO! we missed it! The whole plant bent over from the weight! Some are already turning bright yellow! Quick! cut it down! Let the cut end drip for a few hours before bringing it inside. Ahhh, pure heaven… those poor imitation unripe bananas from the supermarket have NOTHING on these – but you MUST wait until they are fully ripe. How ripe, exactly? Read more


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