It’s that time of year again. The tree that makes the huge lemons is producing fruit. When I first saw these lemons I thought they were grapefruit, and big ones at that. But, my neighbor explained that they are lemons and not only are they big, they have a peel that is edible. The flavor of these lemons is a lot like the yellow ones we are used to in the US. The size though, I’ve never seen anything quite like it. I haven’t been able to find out what type they are but I’m glad they have a fair number of seeds. I planted some in the past and now I have a nice looking young tree in my yard, and a few more in a pot on my patio.
The tree is on a little dirt road just outside our neighborhood, inside someone’s back yard. Half of it is hanging over the wall on the outside though and no one seems to be using any of the fruit. I’m concerned about the vine covering the tree too. I’m not sure if it would be right for me to remove it, to be tending someone else’s tree but it can’t be good for the tree. Maybe I’ll pull off a little every time I go by, or maybe now that it is the rainless dry season it will die off by itself.
One of the benefits of biking around here is finding hidden gems like this lemon tree. I have also found a number of cashew trees that make nice fruit, and the mangoes are starting to flower and promise fruit in a few months. It’s fun picking up fruit along the road, and usually there is enough to share with my friends and neighbors too.