Apparently it’s carambola season here on the island, because the kids and I were lured by a hand-painted STARFRUIT sign to a cardboard box (honor system) alongside someone’s driveway: three star fruit for a buck. I’ve never had tree-ripe star fruit before, and it’s (unsurprisingly) much sweeter than what I’ve had from the store. Really yummy :-)
I’ve bought fresh avocados and mangoes here that way, too. Last year a neighbor gave us a coconut off one of his trees, and this year another neighbor has promised us one of his pineapples (which are a gorgeous red variety and are almost ripe–I can’t wait).
It won’t be citrus season till winter, but citrus sadly goes to waste by the truckload here–people have way too many oranges and tangerines and such to eat, and fruit rots underneath the trees.
I hope the next place we live has some wonderful fruit to replace what we can get here. (Oh, and the seafood…man, would I miss that. How many of you have ever eaten pompano? It’s become by far my favorite fish, and I’ve never seen it anywhere but here.)
Do you have some type of local fresh food where you live that you’d hate doing without? I’d love to hear about it so I’ll have hope for wherever we live this time next year. :-)