Monday, March 27, 2017

Rainy Week and new fruit

18 inches of rain fell last week with rain every day or night. At least 3 people in our area drowned, including a man riding a horse across the Port Margot river and a child washed away in a ravine. Livestock was also lost. With the month total around 33 inches, the ground was already soaked at the start of the week.

Cory plans to check the far gardens Tuesday.

Wednesday the district board will meet on campus. One of the issues that needs to be dealt with is livestock grazing on campus.  Several families refuse to stop letting their goats forage on campus and getting into the gardens. Some areas still have young trees that can be damaged quickly by goats or cows.

One of the families was very upset a few days ago when Cory took the goat that was tied in a peach palm garden behind the clinic and tied it in the locked mission storage shed.

This isn't the first time Cory put the goat in "prison" but this time she had two young kids, about 2-3 months old and not weaned so it turns into a long story (and a long night for them) since they decided to bring the kids home instead of putting them in with the mama goat as Cory suggested.

 The next morning we found that one of the paddle locks had been pounded with a rock and the latch sawed on with a hack saw.  This is the main storage shed which holds cement, rebar and supplies for the clinic construction which is in progress. We reported this to the district and they said to return the goat to its owner and they would deal with it Wednesday. Please be praying.

Our seedling champedak tree had two ripe fruit recently. Champedak is a closely related species to jackfruit. The first ripening fruit was not noticed for a few days since Cory didn't recognize the odor which is like bad asphalt. The inside smells more fruity but is also strong and fills the house.

[I'm trying to convice Cory and Anna that this fruit needs to be eaten in the gazebo not the house..and storage in the shed!]

The peel pulls off easier than jackfruit but the only edible part is a small amount of pulp around each large seed. It is soft but also has a fine fiber that seems best to avoid swallowing so it is barely edible, even though the flavor is sweet and fruity. We will probably plant a few of the seeds and cut down the tree after the rest of the fruit ripen. Sometimes hybrids are better.

At least the seeds, which are high in protein, can be boiled and eaten.

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