California Figs

Over the last seven years that we have lived in our current home my dad has taken great joy in planting fruit trees in our backyard when he visits. I look forward to each season because year round there is something to harvest and eat from our humble plot of land. We just finished picking pomegranates, and soon our Fuyu persimmons will be ready to eat. I am still hopeful about the hybrid apple tree that has yet to bear fruit.

Our pomegranate tree in the backyard.

This summer our two fig trees really proliferated.  The figs are a lovely shade of purple, lavender, and green on the outside with pink seeds on the inside. They are so tender and sweet that the birds, wasps, and June bugs in the neighborhood have taken notice and started feasting on our figs. I found myself having to develop a few strategies to get our fruit before the birds and bugs devoured them.  After some observation I noticed the optimal time for picking was the early morning when the dew was still wet on the trees and the sun was just starting to peak above the horizon. At that magical time I would stealthily inch my way towards the tree while keeping a watchful eye out for any buzzing wasps, angry birds, and aggressive June bugs. I noticed that the neighborhood creatures liked the higher fruit directly facing the sun, and they did not seem to be as interested with the low hanging fruit that was buried on interior branches of the tree. Picking the low hanging fruit helped this backyard suburban farmer save her small crop of  figs.

Our fig tree in the backyard

When I find myself meandering into the kitchen I can see the fruit of my dad’s labors. I have placed my backyard produce on an attractive two-tiered display on my kitchen island. Every delicious piece is in full view to the hungry crew that rummages through my kitchen in search of a quick bite to eat. I have made it easier and accessible for all of us to make healthier choices.

Local and seasonal produce that is easily accessible helps my family make healthier choices.

In my previous posts I have written about applying the lessons from centenarians that live the longest, healthiest, and happiest lives.  When I started there were a few lessons on the list that were easier to incorporate into my life than others. What I found most helpful was to work through one lesson at a time, find success in making that one lesson a habit, and building on that confidence to move on. Start with something that is easier and then graduate to something that is more challenging. Pick the low hanging fruit first!



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