Sunday, September 7, 2008

The Home Story of Adenium, Jambu Batu, and Kedongdong

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Text and pictures by Eki Qushay Akhwan

Thank God, it's weekend! Time for quieter moments at home. Time to be with family and loved ones. Time to take care of my plants and garden, which I have been neglecting for sometime.

I know, today's photos would not be qualified to be a City Daily Photo post, but I can't help it. I need to take a break from journaling Bandung, just for today.

I have quite a number of plants in my small front and back yard gardens. The pink-flowered adenium at the top photo is one of my favorite flowering plants. Then there are also a couple of fruit trees which I grow in large pots. The "jambu batu" (psidium guajava) or guava is fruiting and I think will be ready for picking in a couple of weeks' time. This season's yield looks better than last year's when some sort of leave flea attacked it and almost killed it.

Jambu Batu Copyrights Eki Akhwan
"Jambu Batu" (guava)

The "kedongdong" (spundias dulcis) - a fruit tree that can only be found in Southeast Asia - is also fruiting generously this season, and I think the fruits will also be ready for picking in a couple of weeks' time. So, I can expect to have an abundance of tropical fruit supply from my own garden this coming weeks. :)

Kedongdong Copyrights Eki Akhwan
"Kedongdong"

Now that we are talking about fruits, Bandung's (and in general the western parts of Indonesia's) fruit season usually takes place between September and January. During this period, different kinds of tropical fruits are in season one after another. If you are a tropical fruit lover, it's the best time to go and hunt for them; that is, if you don't mind the rainy season, which normally takes place at the same time as the fruit season.

Have a good weekend, everybody.

8 comments:

me said...

Thankyou for the brief tour around your garden, Eki. I hope you enjoyed your weekend...

Laurie said...

I would love to taste some of those fruits specific to your area. One of the (many)things I loved about the Caribbean was the abundance of unusual tropical fruits there. (Breadfruit was SO yummy!) Southern California has a lot of orange, lemon, lime, peach, apricot and loquat trees. People have them in their yards and half the time the fruit rots on the ground, or the possums eat it.

Thank you for a look in your garden, Eki. Beautiful shots.

Dina said...

Well I, for one, am glad you took us home for the weekend, out of the city, into your garden for a change. Thank you! Beautiful to see and hear about your tropical fruits. From the title of your post, at first I thought it might be about a national myth or legend. haha
Hope you get some rest and recreation, Eki. Shalom.

Benjamin Madison said...

Back yards are a part of cities just as much as public squares. It's good to see a little of yours and find out about some tropical fruit - I've never heard of kedongdong before. You'll have to cut one open and photograph the inside for us now along with a little description of how it is eaten and what it tastes like.

yuanita said...

Hallo Sir...

You ever told me indirectly that natural pictures, such as pictures of your garden, could make us feel so peaceful and relax. I 100% agree with you ^_^

Hope you enjoyed your weekend, Sir.

yuanita said...

Hallo Sir...

You ever told me indirectly that natural pictures, such as pictures of your garden could make us feel so peaceful and relax. I 100% agree with you ^_^

Hope you really enjoyed your weekend...

Rambling Woods said...

Lucky you Eki...beautiful plants and fruits in what I (US) know as winter..

billitone said...

That's a delicious guajava...yummy