One Word Sunday: Fruit

Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday Challenge – Fruit‘ had me searching through my travel photos and this one taken in San Pedro Belize, came up first. It brought back memories of a sublime week spent there.

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Is the coconut a fruit, a nut or a seed? Well, it’s actually classified by botanists as a Drupe which is a fleshy fruit containing a single nut or seed, so I guess it must be all three.

This very different photo of coconuts was taken on our morning walk around the neighbourhood here in Florida. It was garden trash day and these coconuts were on the sidewalk waiting for a ride to the dump. Such an ignominious end.

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Coconuts always bring to mind funfairs visited as a child. The ‘Coconut Shy’ was a stall with a row of coconuts set upon wooden stands. You paid your three-pence and got three balls to aim at and try to dislodge them. If successful the coconuts were yours to take home. It wasn’t as easy as it looked, but I do remember that we occasionally did manage to get the prize. Once home again, my dad had to drill a hole in the end of the coconut to drain the milk into a jug, and then hit the thing with a hammer to break it. Not the most convenient fruit to get into, but it was lots of fun and delicious too.

Wishing you all a happy Sunday. It seems that hurricane ‘Isaias’ has passed us by with only a few hours of rain and wind to show for itself, for which I’m very grateful.

 

57 comments on “One Word Sunday: Fruit

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  2. I’m a big fan of coconut. I drink the water. The high potassium content is reason enough to drink it. I also loved coconut ice cream as a child though I don’t eat ice cream anymore I would even if it hurts my tummy. : )
    I wish those people would have taken them to a food bank.
    Glad all is well with the hurricane that passed through. Take good care. Wonderful photograph found along your walk. Be Safe … Isadora 😎

  3. I would have thought those seeds in trees were coconuts. Drupes do look very similar. Lovely to read your childhood memories of coconuts. You must have been a sharp shooter to nab a few coconuts. As a kid I loved drinking coconut juice out of the coconut with a straw. These were popular in Malaysia. These days I still love coconuts and love drinking coconut water, though it can be expensive here in Australia. Hope you are doing well, Sylvia. Have a good week ahead.

      • It is good to see you too, Sylvia. Coconut milk is delicious, and I like it as well. I do prefer coconut water though as it’s lighter and also a great summer drink. Sounds like you had quite some coconut growing up πŸ™‚

  4. Oh, I’m so happy to hear that about Isaias!
    I also remember first time mom brought a coconut in the house! Quite an adventure opening it up! πŸ˜‰
    Happy Monday, Sylvia and week ahead! xoxoxoxoxo

  5. I love fresh coconut! Mexico and Hawaii were so great when I was there to enjoy that awesomeness, but if you try to get that sweetnesses out yourself duuuuuude. That’s rough. The drilling holes bit … YES! Good to stop by and check in. Hope you’re doing well. Stay safe!

  6. So interesting to see a post on the very own Coconut πŸ™‚

    Being from the tropical Kerala, our life is closely connected to the coconut tree and the coconut itself.

    Kerala is a small state at the South Western tip of India and it’s covered with coconut trees. Even the name ‘Kerala’ means the land of coconut trees.

    Coconut tree is called ‘Kalpavriksha’ in Sanskrit language, means ‘a tree whose each and every part is useful for our day today life’.

    Great to see that you have plenty of coconut trees in Florida and than you for sharing this nice little story with us, Sylvia πŸ™‚

  7. I did not know that botanists classified coconuts as a Drupe. I continue to learn. Living in Canada, coconuts are found in our grocery stores. But as a child, I lived in Brazil where we had a coconut tree in our back yard. You have brought back wonderful memories to me. A great way to start my day, my dear friend.

  8. Coconuts are a pain to open, especially on a sailboat in the tropics. But so much deliciousness to be found when successful. πŸ™‚ The coconut tree has many purposes for the local population anywhere. Fascinating natural product!

    • I haven’t heard this one before, but I like it. I almost put this one in my post: Ihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjfAx_rbq6M
      it was very popular in the 1950’s which is most probably before your time. πŸ™‚

  9. fun memories, Sylvia. baby coconuts are always a lovely treat when we visit the Phil. happy that hurricane β€˜Isaias’ didn’t cause any harm! happy weekend! πŸ™‚

  10. I remember those coconut stalls too. I liked winning them, but could never understand why. We just threw them away!
    Good news about the hurricane, Sylvia. πŸ™‚
    Happy Sunday!

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