In the garden.

I’m not ready for guava season to be over. It started in late August and is ending just about now. Only a few are left on the tree.

I grew up eating pineapple guavas from this very tree, planted by my grandmother, in this very garden. Back then, my sister and I would gather up bagfuls and sit down on the warm (now gone) concrete path, slice them open and scoop out the delicious flesh. We could do that all afternoon. I’m so happy my daughter likes them, too. She’ll eat them for breakfast, as an afternoon snack and then for dessert. One tree can produce a lot of fruit.

Here’s one of the last few on our tree, technically called a feijoa:

A couple of the last pineapple guavas.

Here’s what they look like inside:

In the vegetable garden, I’m gathering the last of my tomatoes. I’ll enjoy them more than all the other tomatoes I’ve eaten this summer.

And over on the weeping mulberry tree I gathered way too many tiny (and some not-so-tiny) snails this morning. They’ve been devouring the leaves, making the tree look even sadder than usual. Hoping they taste sweet from their diet (the tree still has a lovely mulberry scent, even if there’s no fruit on it), I fed them to the chickens.


About cdhla

I'm a former editor at several lifestyle magazines who's been freelancing since moving from NYC to LA. I call my blog The Chipped Platter to remind us that chips are better than perfection. The platter in question, a round one made by Gien, has traveled the world with me, visited with friends and family, celebrated milestones, and offered sustenance. My cherished Chipped Platter is part of the family. (I love my chipped plates, too!) On this blog, I'll be sharing my adventures of cooking for my family and friends, venturing out into restaurants and learning tips from people I meet. Come along!
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2 Responses to In the garden.

  1. Fantastic, Christy! I love the connection with the tree and your grandmother. That is special.

  2. Carrie says:

    These guavas are the best in the world, IMHO!

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