Today was another abundant harvest of starfruits and avocados (a green variety this time!). On my bike ride home from the downtown farmers’ market, I stopped by my favorite starfruit tree to harvest and then noticed down the street some big green avocados on the ground, so I scooped them up too. I also harvested some Ilex vomitoria var. pendula (Weeping Yaupon Holly), the North American cousin of Yerba Mate, which has the highest caffeine levels of any North American plant. The red blossoms are sweet edible Turk’s Cap Hibiscus. Finally, I also harvested moringa from my yard to dry the leaves and put in my smoothies.
To report back on the Mexicola avocados from last week – they are by far my new favorite! I didn’t think I would enjoy eating the skin, but it’s really delicious. I can only imagine the antioxidant levels in that black skin. However, I have noticed that they need to be completely ripe before the skin is really good. When they’re ripe, they get slightly wrinkly and soft – with no stickers to peel off!