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Friday, September 21, 2012

The Fruits of our Labor - 2012 (Harvests #6)


"There is nothing more exciting and happy moment than when you see your plants growing and bearing fruits after lots of hard work everyday in our country living."


CANTALOUPE FIELD


WHEN TO HARVEST CANTALOUPE
When the rind of the cantaloupe turns yellowish and its stem tendril nearest the fruit on the vine  becomes dry or withered, then it is ready to harvest.  But it’s more reliable to determine whether it’s ripe or not is when it changes its color to yellow and its skin becomes rough and has crooked lines. The cantaloupe must be cut off from the vine instead of pulling them to prevent it from getting rotten easily after picking. But this can also easily slip from the vine even without being cut just like when I harvested them, so be careful.  We were able to harvest sweet, delicious 25 cantaloupes as of this writing and there are still 13 more to harvest.  We gave away some to our relatives. Sign of more blessings to come.



CANTALOUPE HARVESTS


RIPE CANTALOUPE
Another member of the Cucurbitaceae family that provides *a wide variety of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients.  It is an excellent source of Vitamins C and A because it contains more beta-carotene.  It is also a very good source of potassium, and a good source of B vitamins (B1, B3, B6, and folate), as well as,  Vitamin K, magnesium, and fiber.  This delicious, succulent fruit is really my favorite of all the tropical fruits. I had so much craving for this fruit when I was pregnant with my youngest daughter. Have a taste of it and enjoy.  (-.-)




HONEYDEW FIELD



WHEN TO HARVEST HONEYDEW
Just like the cantaloupe, when the stem tendril of the honeydew plant nearest its fruit on the vine becomes dry or withered, then it is ready to harvest this succulent, delicious fruit which I also love to eat.  Aside from this, you can also determine if it is ripe or not when it produces a hollow sound as you thump it.  You should have a gifted ear  that is keen in hearing the kind of sound it produces. We were able to harvest sweet, delicious 19 honeydews and gave some to our relatives also.  There was an abnormality in the shape of some honeydews we harvested. I wonder what makes them become deformed while in the garden? Whether well-formed or deformed, 19 pieces of honeydews are not bad, are they?


HONEYDEW HARVESTS


RIPE HONEYDEW
Another member of the Cucurbitaceae family that provides *vitamins and minerals like, potassium which helps prevent heart diseases and an increase in blood pressure; Vitamin C which is necessary to boost your immune system; copper which maintains healthy skin; thiamine, niacin, and B vitamins which help reduce the risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.  I need to eat more of this fruit because heart disease runs in my family.  I will tell the Great Gardener to plant more of this next spring time.



WATERMELON FIELD


WHEN TO HARVEST WATERMELON
Determining whether a watermelon is ready for harvest or not is hard. You have to have a gifted ear . Thump it—if it produces a deep, hollow sound, then it is ready for picking. Look also on the stem tendril near its fruit on the vine if it is beginning to dry or wither just like the honeydew and cantaloupe. Inspect also the bottom spot of the watermelon where it was resting on the ground.  If its color is creamy yellow, then it is ripe.  While the color of its top is not shiny, but dull in color. We were able to harvest sweet, big 13 watermelons and gave some to our relatives, too.  Generosity begets more blessings.  Thank you very much, Lord.


WATERMELON HARVESTS


RIPE WATERMELON
Like the cantaloupe and honeydew, watermelon provides *anti-oxidant-supportive beta-carotene and anti-inflammatory benefits for the body in which the primary nutrient is lycopene that inhibits the inflammatory process. It is also an excellent source of immune-supportive Vitamin C and free-radical-scavenging Vitamin A. It is also a good source of heart-healthy potassium and magnesium. It also contains small amount of iron, zinc, protein and fiber. I really love and enjoy eating all of these fruits. I’m going to concoct a recipe for these 3 members of the Cucurbitaceae family later.

*Nutrition Reference: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=31

Please see Mom's Oven for a recipe:


THE SMALLEST WATERMELON IN THE WORLD (seedless)
Wow! I didn’t expect that I would have this kind of watermelon.  It measures 10 2/3 inches in circumference and 3 inches in diameter only.  Though small, it’s so sweet and delicious to taste and I thought it wasn’t ripe.  It was the last one I harvested and there were only two in the garden.  The Great Gardener planted seedless watermelons, but they were supposed to be bigger ones and not like this one.  Anyway,  I still love to eat it.  (-.-)  





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