It’s amazing how abundant Sarasota is! There always seems to be something blooming and something fruiting! Check out this week’s local fare:
We’ve got a slice of banana boat squash, grown by a friend in Orlando; figs, bitter melon, Okinawan spinach, Roselle, jalapenos, sweet peppers, and lime basil from the Gocio school garden; starfruit, Nopal cactus, African blue basil from our neighborhood; avocado and passion fruit from Peter at the farmers’ market; eggs from local really free range chickens; Monstera deliciosa from my aunt’s house; and lemon grass from Roger’s garden. What a bountiful harvest! And they say you can’t grow food in the summer in Florida!
The red arils of the bitter melon, Momordica charantia, are edible, but the white seeds inside are poisonous.
Starfruit, passion fruit, lime basil, African Blue basil, Roselle.