Locust, Algarroba (Hymenaea courbaril).
The shell is hard. Inside are
dark seeds covered by a sweet edible substance.
The seeds we used to play a game. We'd
bore a hole in the middle of the seed, attach a
string and try to break the opponent's seed. If
you missed a number of times the opponent then
tried to break yours. Some guys soaked their
seeds in kerosene, which made them more
"rubber-like" thus harder to break.
Puerto Ricans call the locust "miel en cajeta"
(honey in a box) for short. The real term is
"mierda en cajeta" (feces in a box). Though
the fruit tastes great the aroma it exudes is not
Papaya (Crucians call it "popeye"), lechosa, fruta
When ripe the green fruit turns a yellowish color.
Can be used green or ripe. Delicious as a drink
and when made into a candy. I have known
people who use the green fruit in soup. Can also
be used as a tenderizer.
This picture was taken in 1988 at Titi Guilla's
house. She had a wonderful garden filled
with flowers and fruits.
Passion Fruit (Parcha)
At left: The flower. Incredibly beautiful. (Photo taken on 10/25/2015; NY Botanical Garden.)
At right: The fruit grows on a vine. Yellowish when ripe. Delicious when made into a juice.
In Estate Coble, I remember my aunt's outdoor shower being covered by a passion fruit vine.
Pomgrana, granada. The pulp inside is
very juicy. There are hundreds of seeds
inside! Can be made into a drink.
Coco Plum, Icaco
Scientific name, Chrysobalanus icaco.
When ripe the fruit is pinkish in color and soft
to the touch. Inside is a sweet white flesh.
Found mostly on or close to the beach.
Some plants can now be found around the
Henry Rohlsen Airport.
As kids, we were told that if we ate too many
we'd become constipated! (E gon cak yo up!)
I remember riding in the back of Pin's (Pablo,
a cousin), truck heading to the Sandy Point
beach for a picnic. There we'd feast on coco
plums! They grew abundantly in Sandy Point!
Sour Sop, guanabana
The fruit is in no way sour!
Delicious when made into a drink. Some
people add milk to the drink. I prefer it with just
water and sweetened to taste. Ma also made
frozen ices (lindy). Great as an ice cream flavor.
The leaves of the tree make a great tea and
are said to have medicinal properties.
Custard Apple, Corazón
Another delicious fruit. Can't remember
when was the last time I ate one.
Local plums, jobos
Found throughout the island. Are usually
yellow when ripe but a variety turns red.
Not much flesh on the seed.
If not mistaken, the plums and custard apple
were photographed in Paco's back yard.
|A Sample of the Fruits of St. Croix, Page 2
Other fruits we ate but not featured in Fruits 1 and 2 are/were - Mango (kidney, belly-full, grafted, etc), mamey
(sapote), genip, jojo plum, hog plum (grew on trees in James' pasture close to St. Patrick's School), cherry
(usually tart), tamarind and others. Each one had its season. We knew where and when to look for them.
There was a cottony fruit that grew in a pod on a vine. It was very sweet. Cannot remember the name.
See St. Croix 27B for more fruits and vegetables.
April 19, 2020 - I began cleaning out my closets a while back since I decided to rent the small room of my apartment
to a friend. I had to shift things around which had been stored in the closets to make space. In so doing, I decided
to get rid of the many photo albums I had stored in the foyer closet. Damn, I did not know I had that many photo
albums. Before shredding the photos/postcards and souvenirs, I looked at them and decided to keep a few.
I will post what I saved and scanned on various pages. Some photos and postcards may be posted on other
pages. Everything posted will be as scanned without adjusting the photo for color, clarity, etc.
What you see is what you get. Watermark will not be added. No kallaloo here, just simplicity.
Below are the photos/postcards/souvenirs being added. Keep in mind, some may be duplicates.
|Icaco (Coco Plum), 1988
|The story goes, if you ate too many you'd end up constipated. True or False?
|I decided to add these two photos of pumpkins. St. Croix, Agriculture Fair, 1986.
|Quick, quick. Name me two fruits that have external seed(s).