avocados, bananas and more in puerto rico
“You want some avocado with your eggs this morning?”, Holly said, smiling. “Yeah, I guess I should have some”, I drearily replied.
We spent the last few weeks back at our friend’s little finca in the hills of Rincón again and avocados were in season. Every morning we would wake up to find a handful of freshly fallen avocados on the ground underneath one of the avocado trees. These were gorgeous avocados that we would have gladly paid $2 each for at the farmer’s market a few weeks back.
However, as the days progressed, each additional avocado we encountered was worth less to us than the one before. It was a real life demonstration of the law of diminishing marginal utility as one can only eat SO much guacamole! We valiantly used (and gave away) as many as we could though. We made puddings and shakes with them. Holly even cut some of them in half, cracked an egg into the seed pocket and roasted them in the oven for breakfast. Now that we are back at our condo, I’m good without avocado for awhile. ;)
Not that abundance is a bad thing. I planted persimmon, figs, pomegranates, and black berries in our yard in Texas and the output of ALL of them combined for a WHOLE YEAR didn’t come close to what we harvested at our friend’s place in just the THREE WEEKS we were there. In addition to the avocado, we also gathered mangoes, grapefruit, Barbados cherries, and coconut during our stay.
And let’s not forget the bananas. We collected a colorful bounty of bananas of four different types while were there. The first bunch we picked were what looked like slightly smaller versions of standard Cavendish bananas. Of course, since they were ripened on the tree, they were MUCH more flavorful and likely more nutritious than what you typically find in the states. A few days later, we found some plump, ripe and delicious apple bananas. Finally, near the end of our stay, we found a bunch of beautiful red bananas as my well as my personal favorite, baby bananas.
What’s amazing to me is that all this (and much more!) is produced by the land without ANY human effort required. In general, there’s no need to water, fertilize or apply pesticides. These plants just thrive here. The biggest challenge is harvesting some of the fruit that is very high or accessing trees that are perched on impossibly steep hillsides. We love the comfort and convenience of our condo, but I could definitely see us getting a little finca like this of our own at some point in the future.
I embedded some videos we took during our stay below: