Ever since the COVID-19 Pandemic and the emphasis on staying at home and eating local, I have been paying much more attention to foods that are growing in our own front yard.
Starting in mid May all of the fruit trees out in front become ready for harvesting. Each year I have watched Siri and Family harvest mangoes and rambutan for both consumption and resale. Watching this process over time I have noticed that the fruit trees seem to have cycles. For example last year there was an over abundance of mangoes, this year mangoes are not as plentiful but the rambutan trees have been quite prolific. The jackfruit tree has also been prolific this year producing much more fruit than I have seen in years past. This is good news for the family because jackfruit brings a very good price at the market. I planted several dozen pineapple plants for years ago and they have for been producing only one or two a year until this year and now this year, I have more pineapples than I know what to do with. The pineapples fall into kind of an in between category there are not enough to take to market but there’s more than enough to eat, so I share with neighbors.
I think a person could probably survive for several months during the fruit harvest season on what is produced from the trees in my front yard, but that’s really not how they do it. My Thai family consumes what they need and then they sell the rest, that gives them income for going to the market and buying other things like meat and staples to round out the menu.
So when you put it all together, the rice that is the main crop, which always produces enough for the year, then add in the fruit and the profit from sales to buy other things from the market, it really cuts down on the out-of-pocket expenses to put food for the table.
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