The Septermber rains are helping mature a variety of tasty fruits!
The bananas this week are a smooth, sweet eating variety - either dwarf cavendish or bacuba - which should ripen in roughly 7-10 days.
Carambola, also called star fruit for its shape when sliced, is from the Averrhoa carambola tree. Native to Indonesia, the Phillipines, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India, starfruit is now grown in many tropical and subtropical countires throughout the world. The starfruits are great for fresh eating (like an apple), but can also be juiced or sliced into salads.
The avocadoes are decadently creamy and buttery. They are excellent for guacamole and savory dishes, but can also be used to make smoothies and desserts. These avocadoes should ripen in 3-5 days - wait until the skin yields to gentle pressure.
Genips are tasty lychee-like fruits. To eat, just crack open the protective outer shell then suck the sweet pulp off of the large central seed.
Try breadfruit in either sweet or savory meals. It's a versatile fruit that can be eaten at any stage of development - as a starch when green (like potato), or like pureed pumpkin when ripe. Check out the Breadfruit Institute for recipes.
Enjoy the harvest,
Jim & the crew at Ridge to Reef Farm
This Week's Harvest
Ridge to Reef Farm serves the US Virgin Islands with certified organic produce grown with sustainable permaculture practices (and a lot of love).