Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Egg Fruit. First harvest in the North.

Why would a fruit be named 'egg fruit'. Not its shape. Not its taste. The color and texture of a hard boiled egg yoke most likely lead to the naming of this fruit.

The fruit is very nutritious, high in vitamin A, has twice the carbohydrate of mango and four times the protein. It tastes very sweet  with a sweet potato and squash flavor, and a  pasty/starchy texture.

Egg fruit makes great milkshakes or can even be made into pumpkin pie.  It is good on bread like jam.

Locally banana, peanut butter or avocado are often eaten on bread but jam, or other sandwiches like ham and cheese are rare.

Egg fruit grows well in poor soil and did well on LaGonave, but grew slowly at the start at Fauche. Probably due to white grubs eating the roots or the many mahogany trees on campus that poison the soil for other plants, stunting them.

 This four year old egg fruit tree produced about 40 fruits for its first harvest. A few 5 year old trees still haven't produced or have not produced much.

They should be producing well soon and the seeds will be planted in the nursery for distribution in North Haiti, where Cory has not seen any other egg fruits yet.

Thankful for good antibiotics to combat both Cory's and Anna's leg infections this week.

Cory's small wound near the ankle infected his lymphatics late on Saturday.

Monday morning the slight thigh pain Anna started with the night before had increased to the point she could not walk without pain and a fever had started.

Today both patients continue to improve.

We plan to travel to LaGonave for a summit of organizations working on LaGonave and then work for three days next week with the DecAid Project before returning home [Those of you on Facebook can check out the DecAid Project page]. 

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