Six on Saturday – Food Dreaming

It is another windy, overcast day in South Florida. We seem to be attracting cold fronts every Friday night, they pass through with rain or not, then leave clouds and wind in their wake. The fruits and vegetables in the garden are ambling along towards creating edibles, just not quite fast enough for me.

Mexican Papayas grown from seed harvested from fruit I bought. These are almost big enough to transplant into the garden. I have three because Papayas can be male, female or hermaphrodite. Obviously, you hope for hermaphrodite. I have no idea what variety the fruit was, and I don’t think Papayas are true to seed. We shall soon see. Papayas don’t live long and are considered herbs rather than trees. They are known to produce fruit within 9 months of planting. I think the last one I had produced fruit for 2 or 3 years.

Cherry tomatoes taunting me. I think these are the Lost Marbles variety as they look pretty stripey. I never label vegetables as the labels tend to fail and I only grow cherry tomatoes.

Red Bell Peppers just setting fruit. These are the classic thick walled Bell Peppers. I had thin walled heirloom peppers last year, good but weird. I am looking forward to these.

Tiny mangoes have formed on the Glenn and Nam Doc Mai Mango trees. Supposedly it takes 100 days from formation to harvest. I hope these make it. I have been cutting powdery mildew infested flowers off the Glenn and that will ruin the flowers and fruit.

My favorite, Genovese Basil, grown from seed. I am trying not to eat too much of this.

Another herb I love, Giant of Italy Parsley. It has an intense parsley flavor and lasts for two years here. I grow it from seed every two years or when necessary, sometimes the Swallowtail butterflies eat it. My favorite use of this is a Marcella Hazan inspired celery salad with fresh celery, Parmesan strips, olive oil and pepper. Mmmm.

Thanks to Jim at for hosting SOS. Follow the link to see what is going on in gardens from the world over.

Happy Gardening!!


30 comments on “Six on Saturday – Food Dreaming

  1. fredgardener says:

    Nice overview of the fruits and vegetables in your garden. 3 of my papayas are in the bathroom waiting for warmer days. They are twice the size of yours so I should plant them outside this summer.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Rosie Amber says:

    Love all your fruit and veggies. The salad recipe sounds delicious too. Fingers crossed for the mangoes.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. tonytomeo says:

    Mangoes grow in Los Angeles, but I have never noticed their trees in nurseries. I intend to get one eventually, although they do not perform here.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Eliza Waters says:

    I love atulfa mangoes. The season is upon us, hurrah! I hope yours do well.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Sarah Rajkotwala says:

    Your garden, Looks like it is a similar season to mine. We must share a similar climate (I’m in South Australia). So many edible delights, well done! Enjoy!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. You have lots of good food to look forward to. We have gone from 33 two nights ago to 80 plus starting Monday. I am tired of moving plants to avoid frost.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Cathy says:

    Lovely to see your tomatoes and basil… a reminder of what’s to come this summer. 😃 I always grow loads of basil (literally – several large containers) and re-sow at intervals so we can eat pesto non-stop through the summer. I dried some and contrary to what people say, homegrown basil retains its flavour very well when dried. I also froze both basil leaves and pesto last autumn and it kept really well.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. bittster says:

    How exciting! You’ve got quite an ambitious crop coming along and I can’t wait to see the papayas develop. I’ve never been crazy about the flavor, but the plants just look cool, especially when they’re loaded with fruit.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s