Acerola Cherry Tree

We’ve had our acerola cherry tree almost ten years, and have had very little fruit.  My husband thought of getting rid of it a time or two, but I said give it time.  He fertilized it and gave it some potassium, and BOOM, we’re loaded with cherries.  The acerola cherry while not related to a regular cherry is eaten and can be prepared the same way.  The pit is not hard, it’s rather soft and fleshy, kind of like an apple core, but way smaller.  So making into a pie would be a bit tedious.  We picked a bunch this morning added some lilikkoi and made a beautiful looking jelly.  It’s almost too pretty to eat.  The acerola cherry tree is a prized plant.  It can be easily grown in Hawaii and is drought resistant.  We used to have a plant in Waikoloa and that bore fruit all the time.  I have to wonder if the drier climate might have something to do with it.  The fruit is highly prized because it has many vitamins and minerals.  It has one of the highest concentrations of vitamin C than any other fruit, 65X more than an orange!  Sounds like a lot, but it’s true.  It is also good for regulating sugars in the body and has some anti-cancer properties.  So glad we decided to keep it around.  

I had two of these bowls full of cherries.  Apparently the green cherries have even more vitamin C than the red.  I just read that.  I’ll have to try it, although I’m thinking it might not taste so good.  

We had two of these bowls filled with cherries. 

the finished product!

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Circle of Life

Ever since we got married, pets have been a part of our life.  When we moved to the farm, we expanded our family of furry friends to include many farm animals – sheep, donkeys, ducks, geese, chickens, a goat, not to mention our dogs and cats.  Along the way we have lost a number of animals, some due to things that happen on a farm; mongoose snatching baby chicks to wild dogs getting sheep.  It’s never easy, but it is part of living on a farm.  But when we lose one of our fur babies that have been with us awhile, it is difficult.  This past week, we lost Abby.  She came to us 12 years ago.  Her mom was hit by a car on the highway and was taken to the vet hospital.  She gave birth to three or four pups.  The person who found her on the highway nursed her back to health, and the pups were given to various homes.  We were one of those homes.  Abby had skin issues, one ear that went up and one that went down, and a large underbite.  To say she loved avocados is an understatement.  She used to find them and bury them for a later snack, at least that’s what we thought, we were never quite sure why she buried them.  No other dog could touch her avocado or she’d give them a quick nip.  She never had a dog mom, and tended to be a bit needy.  Best of all she was the sweetest dog, and we all loved her.  She loved to be petted, and wouldn’t let you stop once you started. She would nudge you to continue if you stopped, and if another dog came in for a pet, she would give them a good growl to stay away, as if to say, this is my human, go find your own.  She had a good 12 years. She got bladder cancer and when the vet said there was nothing they could do to cure it, we put her down so she wouldn’t be in pain.  Abby is buried underneath one of her favorite avocados trees.  We placed an avocado between her paws when we laid her down.  Rest in peace sweet girl.  We will miss you. 

Abby                Charlie                    Petie.                   Lily.                   Gus