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December 22nd, 2009 by Les

The best way to garden is to put on a wide brimmed straw hat and some old clothes. And with a hoe in one hand and a cold drink in the other, tell somebody else where to dig.  David Hobson

Accompanying this post are many pictures of our garden papaya being harvested.  David spent a morning, a few days ago, sitting on our front porch – laptop nearby – watching our gardener, Senior Magay, harvest the papaya from the various extremely tall trees in our yard.  A daunting task but he tells me he felt up to it, David that is.

Truth be told, he really was enjoying the whole experience and was “working” hard to take pictures of the various activities going on right before his eyes.  It is difficult to capture the height of the trees or, for that matter, the ladder Senior Magay uses to pluck these papaya’s from the branches.  We’re talking 20 feet or more of balancing on the last rung of a ladder that, well quite frankly, reaches at least 21 feet.

We have Hawaiian (Kamiah) papaya and Mexican Yellow papaya in our yard…as I understand it.  There are four types of papaya out there:

Hawaiian which is more rounded and carries more flesh because of its shape.

Mexican Red which is very sweet and larger then Hawaiian.

Mexican Yellow which is not much different then the red except the yellow has a firmer bit but taste pretty much the same.

Solo which is the most common papaya and has a reddish-orange flesh and is excellent in taste and texture.  It is shaped like a pear.  Here’s an odd factoid: this papaya tree does not produce any male trees.  The tree can either be bisexual or female with an average ratio of 2:1.  That might account for why we don’t seem to have any Solo papaya in our yard.

After a strenuous morning of watching Senior Magay harvest, David decided to do a “magazine shoot” of the “fruits” of his labor (David did pick the limes) – more precisely Senior Magay’s labor!

Enjoy…

Can you see him?

Can you see him?

Is the basket close by?

Is the basket close by?

Just a little higher.

Just a little higher.

Okay, I think I've got it!

Okay, I think I've got it!

20 feet up and comparison shopping no less!

20 feet up and comparison shopping no less!

Yellow Peppers - David tried these on his hamberger that night...he almost finished it!

Yellow Peppers - David tried these on his hamberger that night...he almost finished it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some of the harvest on neighbor's kitchen counter.

Some of the harvest on neighbor's kitchen counter.

Mag shot - would you like a glossy print?

Mag shot - would you like a glossy print?


3 Responses  
  • David writes:
    December 23rd, 200910:41 amat

    I want to make it perfectly clear that Sr. Magay was not the only one risking his body reaching for fruit that sunny afternoon. Inspired by his disregard for life and limb in pursuit of his goals, it is true that I gloriously took upon myself the dangerous task of harvesting the limes you see in the final picture. Thinking only of how good they would taste when soused in vodka, and with no regard for my own health, I bravely stooped over to pick them off the tree, almost hurting my back doing so.

    –david

  • Les writes:
    December 22nd, 20094:21 pmat

    Hi Sandy,

    You are right Sandy, I’d have been a nervous wreck if he’d have been in our yard in the states.

    The people here are not at all afraid to do anything and do it graciously and well. He is constantly working when he is here and nothing seems too much for him.

    We are very lucky.

    Les

  • Sandy Gregory writes:
    December 22nd, 20094:13 pmat

    Comparison shopping at 20 feet! Wow. What happens if he falls down and hurts himself in your yard. Here you would be sued and your property would be owned by the papaya picker and he would probably fall down on purpose, his family would be catching the papaya and he would have fallen on them. Imagine that! I’ll bet the thought never even entered Senior Magay’s mind.

    Sandy


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