Fruit Trees at Green Acres
Plum - (local names: Aaloo Bukhara and Lucha). Called prunes when dried. Plum trees bear a sweet juicy fruit, reddish-purple when mature with a dusty-white wax coating. Known for it's laxative properties and helps with regulation of digestive system. Blossoms in late February and ripens in June-July. Eaten raw, and used to make jam and squash.
Pear -(local names: Nakh, and Nashpati). Hard fruit, with greenish, slightly brown skin when ripened and white inside. Blossoms in late February and ripens in June-July. Eaten raw, used in salads and can be pickled. Guava (local name: Amrood).
Guava - (local name: Amrood) fruit is usually 8 to 12 cm long, roundish with lots of small seeds. The outer skin is somewhat rough, is usually green before maturity, and turns slightly yellow when ripe. Usually fruits twice a year - November/December and early summer. Eaten raw, with black salt when not fully ripe and used in salads.
Tangerine - (local name: Narangi). Small orange-colored cherry-sized citrus fruit. Plucked in January/February. Too sour to be eaten raw but great for marmalade and squash or pickled with Ginger and green chillies.
Clementine - (local name: Malta) is an citrus fruit with skin that is less thick and easier to peel. Orange colored or sometimes reddish (called red-blood Malta). Pick in December/January. Eat raw or squeeze for fresh juice.
Mango (local name Aamb). Green when raw and yellowish from inside when ripe with a large pit. Enjoy fresh May-July. To eat the local variety (called choopan wala aamb) press the fruit from all sides until soft, bite off a small portion of then skin where it attaches to the stem to make an opening, and suck the juicy pulp until only the pit remains inside. Also used for pickles and chutneys and used in salads when raw.
Japanese plum (local name: Loquat) is a small (2-3cm) long pear shaped fruit with a yellow-orangish colour. Medicinal properties to help calm cough and respiratory system. Harvest in April. Eat whole ( without seed) or remove skin.
Mulberry (local name: Shahtoot or Toot) fruit is white when young and matures to a long (2-4 cm) delicate reddish-purple sweet tasting berry. Harvested around March/April and eaten fresh.
Jujube (local name: Ber) fruit is oval/oblong about 2.5cm thick and 4-5cm long with a large stone. Skin is green when raw and turns brownish when ripe, and is white apple like from the inside. Pluck and eat in April/May. Known for it's medicinal properties in Chinese medicine.
Lime (local name: Nimboo) is a round green citrus variety, very sour, and used for flavoring foods and drink. Squeeze, add club soda, salt, black pepper and ice and enjoy the fresh lime soda as a refreshing drink on a hot summer day.
Papaya ( local name: Papita) - oblong about 8-12 inches, green when raw and turns slightly yellowish on outside with orangish hue on inside when ripe with numerous black seeds. Eaten fresh without skin and seeds when ripe. Raw fruit used for salads and tenderizing meats. Has contraceptive properties. Plucked in winter months.
Jambul or Java Plum (local names: Jamnu and Jamun) is 2-3cm long and 1cm thick with a dark purple colour when ripe and a large pit. The fruit is known for making natural dyes so don't get any stains on your clothes while eating. Seeds and bark are known for medicinal values such as controlling diabetes. Tastes a bit tart and leaves the tongue purple and feeling dry. Enjoyed shaken with black salt. Harvested in July.
Banana (local name: Kaela) - Bananas are among the most widely consumed foods in the world. They grow in bunches (3-4 dozen per bunch) on plants with large green leaves. The leaves are often used as environment friendly disposable food containers. Bananas are also known for their health properties. Bears fruit year round.
Grewia (local name: Falsa) - grows on a small shrub like tree with thin long stems. Ripe fruit is small (0.5-1cm) round purple-black and is sweet-sour flavour. Plucked during April/May. Salt and eat whole or spit out the seeds.
Almond (local name: Badaam) - Plucked in June/July. Covered with a leathery hull and a hard woody shell which needs to be borken before getting to the nut inside. Packed with wholesome nutrition - vitamins, minerals and good oils (omega acids) that help to keep memory sharp and improve complexion.
Neem (local name: Nimm) trees are known as nature's drugstore as they are known to cure a variety of ailments, have antiseptic properties and repel insects and pests. Their fruit are small olive like yellowish-orange with a thin covering and fleshy bittersweet inside. They usually fall in November.
Pomegranate (local name: Anar) is known as a super fruit with plenty of health benefits and antioxidant properties. The fruit when ripe is reddish with a thick leathery skin which contains seeds with a watery covering that are extracted and eaten. Harvested in August/September. Eat the seeds and swallow or spit them out after squeezing their juicy covering in the mouth. Fresh juice is also commonly mixed with citrus juice and drunk.
Grape (local name: Angoor) grow on vines in bunches. Harvested in May/June. Eat whole, squeeze for fresh juice, or save for squash.