Sunday, 28 September 2008

A mysterious fruit and ....

...along the garden path...

This is the mysterious tree. I bought it as a Babaco; Mountain Pawpaw; but it has turned out to be something else! (Naughty Nursery)

This is the fruit which looks and tastes different to the Babaco. The flesh is hard like a pear or apple.

Inside is a lot of pulp with very hard kernels, seeds. The pulp has a very nice taste but it is nearly not edible because of the quantity of seeds.

This is the pulp!

I have cut the fruit and cooked it, like appleslices. It tastes very nice this way but it is practically not edible uncooked.

Yellow Tabebuia is a striking Tree, it is a prolific seeder. It should be planted where the grass is mown otherwise you end up with a Tabebuia plantation!

Persimmon new leaves;
A persimmon is the edible fruit of a number of species of trees of the genus Diospyros in the ebony wood family (Ebenaceae). The word persimmon is derived from putchamin, pasiminan, or pessamin, from Powhatan, an Algonquian language (related to Blackfoot, Cree and Mohican) of the eastern United States, meaning "a dry fruit".[1] Persimmons are generally light yellow-orange to dark red-orange in color, and depending on the species, vary in size from 1.5-9 cm (0.5-4 in) diameter, and may be spherical, acorn-, or pumpkin-shaped.[2] The calyx often remains attached to the fruit after harvesting, but becomes easier to remove as it ripens. They are high in glucose, with a balanced protein profile, and possess various medicinal and chemical uses. While the persimmon fruit is not considered a "common berry" it is in fact a "true berry" by definition.
If you are interested to know more about the Persimmon fruit please go to:

Pink Bottlebrush; Nectar plants for a lot of birds and Insects.

Red weeping Bottlebrush; Callistemon viminalis.

Yesterday Today and Tomorrow; has its main flowering time in spring, but flowers over summer on and off. It responds well to pruning and grows from cuttings. The flowers have a strong scent to perfume the garden.

Along the garden path;

Along the garden path; Curry plant flourishes all year round and grows from cuttings. The "Hippies" are early too this year.

Abutilon loves spring;

Daylilis are early this spring; this is a miniature double, "Night Embers".

A look through a "window".

Louisiana Iris flower in spring "short and sweet".

Believe it or not: You are not a cat; you have only one life; so look after it!

Organic tip of the week; Macademia Oil.

In general I use for my salads cold pressed Virgin Olive oil. BUT for Lettuce or Coleslaw I use cold pressed macademia oil. It gives the best taste ever.

Macadamia Nut oil is truly healthy and has become famous among the chefs across the world. It is also widely in use as a substitute of olive oil. Its stability and versatility are two of the main reasons for which chefs all across the world are using Macadamia Nut oil. It boasts a higher smoke point than olive oil, which means that its beneficial fatty acids prevent degradation during cooking. Especially, Macadamia nut oil is good when used for salads. Beside culinary purposes, these nuts have diverse use.
The two species of Macadamia are truly hybridized and grown in the South East of Queensland of Australia.
Due to health benefits, Macademia nut oil has become popular. Not only for the nervous system but also for the cardiovascular parts of the body, these oils are essential. Considering the nutritional aspects, it may be said that Macadamia Nut oil consists of 80 % mono-saturated fats. Moreover, the oil has no trans–fatty acids and the rate of saturated fat is comparatively low. For cooking purposes this oil is exceedingly important because it is resistant to chemical alteration which takes place when cooked in high temperature. This makes Macadamia Nut oil one of the healthiest oil. More information can be gathered from

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ingrid said...

Guten Morgen, Titanie,
wunderschön ist dein Garten, für uns so fremd und bezaubernd - die Früchte erinnern von außen an die guten alten Zwetschgen, innen aber ganz anders.
Liebe Grüße und einen schönen Sonntag

Webradio said...

Hello Titiana !
Very strange fruit...
I haven't this in my garden...

You have a great gerden, et beautiful trees...

You like "kitchen" (cuisiner)...

See You later...

Marie said...

Very strange fruit, I have never seen it before.
Beautiful photos from your garden :)
Beautiful sky watch too :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Titania, many congrats on your Blotanical win! The fruit does seem similar to our native paw paw here in Tennessee USA. I will look forward to seeing spring unfold in your land. Seeing a daylily in bloom is a treat.
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vincibene said...

Thank you for your skywatch comment! And yes, I am glad, that you´ll put the link of my blog of your bloglist. May I make the same?

By the way, the appletree from my photo is a quincetree. ;-)

Thank you for your exotic pictures in this posting, very interesting.

Sandradb said...

Your garden seems like a garden from some fairy tale - it is full of unsuspected fruit and flowers :-) - some of which I haven't seen at all.
Again, I enjoyed looking at your pictures and it gave the opportunity to learn more about some other part of the world.
Bye and greetings from Croatia

Roses and stuff said...

Congratulations to the Blotanical award! I'm so pleased you won!
And I do like your 'window' in your garden. Very nice!

Fuchsienrot said...

Hallo Titania,
vielen Dank für deinen lieben Kommentar in meinem Blog-Gästebuch.
Dein Blog gefällt mir wirklich total gut. Auch wenn ich nicht alles verstehen kann, finde ich deine Beiträge sehr informativ und interessant. Jetzt werde ich noch eine Weile hier bei dir zum Stöbern bleiben. ;-)
Liebe Grüße

PS: Darf ich dich verlinken?

Pia K said...

Pawpaw, what a cute name for a tree! The fruit looks a bit like mango.

Oh I wish I could make flowers with a strong scent grow in my garden too, alas I haven't succeeded yet. To spend summer mornings and late evenings with the flowery scent in the air is truly delightful...

I love the Macademia scent! One of my favourite hair conditioner - as it happens from Australian brand Aussie - used to include that. Sadly no longer. However the taste of Macademia nut always reminds me of that conditioner hence I tend to experience the taste as haircareproductish...:)

Helga said...

Bei Dir sieht es nach Sommer aus und bei uns verfärbt sich das Laub. Es ist schon komisch anzusehen. Zum Glück mag ich auch den Herbst und den kalten Winter.Nein ich bin nicht neidisch,nein,nein.Nur ein kleines bischen.

Inkivääri, Finland said...

Thank you for these beautiful pics from your lovely garden:)

Kanak Hagjer said...

So unusual but the fruit does look tempting! The flowers are beautiful and I loved the garden path and the 'window' view. Australia has more bottle-brush varieties than anywhere else in the world?

Titania said...

Danke Ingrid fuer deinen netten Kommentar, ich schaetze deine Besuche.

Hello webradio; thank you for visiting. Mais oui, j'aime bien cuisiner!

Thanks a lot Marie for stopping by.

Thank you Frances for your visit.

vincibene; Yes, please! Sorry, I thought it was an apple tree. I love quinces and I have a small tree in my garden.

Thank you Sandra, always love to hear from you.

Thank you Katarina: this was a bit of a surprise!

Angelika ich danke dir sehr fuer den Gegenbesuch. Ja bitte verlinke mich.

Hello Pia; Thank you for your comment; I guess you don't want the taste of your hair conditioner in your salad! I wonder if it smells the same. I have used macademia oil in my face creams.

Liebe Helga, ja du hast schon recht, Herbst und Winter sind auch schoen. Man hat dann Zeit zum Handarbeiten.

Inkivaari; Thank you for your visit and your nice comment.

Hi Kanak; thank you for your visit. It is lovely that you have won this award, I am very glad for you.

Hort Log said...

Hi Trudi,

if you found the name of the fruit, pls let me know...very curious. Is it tropical ? and how tall ? And thanks for the info on Macademia oil, don't know it exists, and yes never use Olive oil for cooking, turns the cooking pan black !!

Have no luck on aroid seeds though ...


Sandy Lee Malnekoff Bocon Gertzfield said...

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Titania said...

hort log thank you for you message. The tree which should be a Babaco is about 3 m high and is tropical; I think it might be from a mountainous, tropical area. But i have no clue what it could be. I am sure it is not a Babaco because I have eaten the fruit of it and it tastes and looks different.

sandy lee thank your for visiting and I will check out this site.

tina said...

Congrats on your Blotanical award too! I think I am coming late to the party. Sorry! I just don't have this Blotanical thing down.

That mystery fruit is so neat. Naughty nursery indeed but at least you got a fruit. Maybe it is a different kind of PawPaw? I just had my first taste this fall of a pawpaw. I am thinking it is maybe an acquired taste as it was so different.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Titania .. lovely post on the babaco (or not!) .. I came looking for some extra info and found your lovely blog .. I love the Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow plant .. I remember it well from my time in South Africa .. as I do the babaco .. one taste & I was hooked - 20 years later I still look ..

All the best -
Hilary Melton-Butcher
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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information. I think that you should wash your face at least 3 to 4 times a day. You’ll be surprised how much better your face will look.


kadek junaedi said...

ha...titania...its really interesting fruit., i dream if one day i may to buy some of the seed from you.., Thanks&best Rgrd
kadek from Bali, my contact email