It’s a warm climate here in Panama, especially if you aren’t in the mountains so it’s important to stay hydrated. There are lots of options for yummy and healthy things to drink. My favorites are ice tea with lemon, lemonade, passion fruit drink, and tamarindo drink. If I’m lucky I have Stevia in the Raw on hand. Otherwise the single serving packets of stevia are available.
Right now it’s lemon season, those crazy big lemons I have written about before. The first tree was severely trimmed last year but we have gotten a few. Yesterday we checked the other tree and it had a lot waiting to be picked up.
These 24 lemons gave me a gallon of juice!
Last year I had enough juice in the freezer to last all year. This is more than I can possibly use so most of this is going in the freezer.
Two of the bigger containers will make a pitcher of lemonade. One of the smaller ones is good for ice tea or anything else that needs a smaller amount.
Frozen lemon juice “cubes” in the bag, ready for the freezer. The containers were refilled for the next batch of “cubes”.
I had also bought a bag of passion fruit. I learned that it’s easy to put the pulp in the blender with some water. Then you can use it as is, or strain out the seeds and pulp. If you don’t strain it the seeds sink to the bottom and are easy to avoid.
Four fruits seem to be a good amount for a 2 liter pitcher of drink. Sweeten to taste.
I buy my tamarindo like this from the produce market down the street. I have finally discovered a tree nearby but need to wait for fruiting season. It makes pods of seeds and fruit that need to be boiled, and then you would get something like this already prepared fruit in the bag. To make the drink, put the fruit in water and squish it around with your fingers to loosen the fruit pulp from the seeds. Then, strain out the seeds, add water and sweeten to taste. This package is good for a 2 liter pitcher of drink.
We also have a limón tree in the yard. Here, limón is generic for many tart citrus fruits from little key limes to the big lemons above. We have these odd lemons, green with scaly beige patches but they are so good! They have an excellent flavor and give lots of juice.
We had two trees but one died last year. We also didn’t have fruit last year because of the brush fire the year before which caused the trees to drop all their leaves. But, this year we have fruit again. Thank you tree!
There is a lot of citrus fruit here. Besides the many limóns there are varieties of oranges and grapefruits as well. They usually don’t look as pretty as the ones in the US but they taste really good.
I was on my way out yesterday and snapped this photo of our front yard because I’ve taken the time to weed and clean a bit, and I thought it was looking especially pretty.
The yard was mostly weeds when we arrived but now it has a lot of things growing. That’s moringa on the left, and a small patch of ginger in front. Behind is a lemon tree, the really big ones. I started it from seed and maybe next year it will be big enough to fruit. Behind are a couple avocados near the fence. In the middle is a lipstick palm, some plantains, and behind that a dwarf coconut palm, pineapples, and a plant that’s good for making tea. On the right, the tall things are yucca. There are more pineapples below, and some heliconias behind. Farther back are a couple young cashew apple trees.
Fun, huh :). When I was a kid, working outside and growing things was my refuge, and it’s remained a pleasure throughout my life.