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  • Ahh, Santa Barbara, where the streets are paved with avocados

    I went for a walk today and here are some pictures of avocados. Sad, abandoned avocados. It's such a waste how much fruit just falls off trees around here. Not just avocados, but lemons, oranges, tangerines, plums and more. People ignore their fruit trees.

    An avocado in the gutter. I picked it up but it had been bitten by animals. Otherwise, I might have taken it home.


    An avocado in the parking strip. Sometimes I actually take these home. This one is too old, no good.


    Sometimes I find cherimoyas on the sidewalk. Here is the tree that drops them. I don't think the people living in this house even know they have a cherimoya tree. It took me a minute to see the fruit. It's right in the middle and a little bit up. Not ripe yet.


    Pear-shaped avos. These ones are really good. This is one of our trees. We have all kinds.


    This is the kind of avocado you get when you plant a seed. This is the root stock of one of our avocado trees fully grown and bearing fruit. This year the fruit is really big. The fruit is barely edible.


    This is the fruit of the root stock cut open. It smells minty, which sounds nice, but really isn't nice at all. The skin is thin and difficult to remove. The seed is large. You can eat it but it isn't really worth the effort. I believe, because of the mint smell to the fruit and leaves, that this is Mexicola variety.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    Shhhhhh. SB! Don't tell everybody how nice it is here in SoCal or everyone is going to want to move here and it's going to get too crowded.

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    • #3
      Cool! We have plenty of apple orchards up here, but not many people have fruit trees. I'd love to have my own someday.
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      • #4
        There's a big old Mission Fig Tree tucked in by an overpass about 1/2 mile away from me. Getting them ripe is pretty competitive as the locals do a pretty good job. But I'm 6' tall so I can usually get a few in season. They are sweet and heavenly and it's a frequent stop on our dog walks. They like them too.

        I guess using that root stalk is how the haas avocado growers keep their market. Otherwise they would be everywhere.

        And Paleobird, I think we passed 'too' crowded a long time ago.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Tercio View Post
          There's a big old Mission Fig Tree tucked in by an overpass about 1/2 mile away from me. Getting them ripe is pretty competitive as the locals do a pretty good job. But I'm 6' tall so I can usually get a few in season. They are sweet and heavenly and it's a frequent stop on our dog walks. They like them too.
          Haha same here! I like walking from the Whole Foods nearby to the produce store 2 miles away because there is a mission fig tree on the way XD They are soooo delicious in October..can't wait!
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          • #6
            Funny! My dogs drag me to the house next door at the end of every walk. Reason? - two apple trees, two plum trees, a peach tree and a necterine tree. All organic, no pesticides. Each dog gets a piece of fruit from them every day all summer long, keeps them regular!

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            • #7
              Cherimoya is $6 a pound at Whole Foods. If I had a tree I sure as hell would be eating them. Its probably the best fruit I have ever had! The seeds are a pain in the ass but its still awesome.

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              • #8
                I have no idea what Cherimoya are...LOL Mulberries will be ready soon...I should go check the trees. Yum. I want to plant some fruit trees including a Paw Paw or three.
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                • #9
                  So if you sprout your own trees from a seed, then the fruit ends up being icky like that?

                  Damn, I've got four of them in various sizes right now, under 3 years old.

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                  • #10
                    Yeah, most tree fruits are grafts on root stocks. The root stocks are hardier but have poor fruit. More like the original fruit. The grafts have the good fruit but are not hardy enough on their own roots. This is why when people say paleo fruit was never as sweet and big as modern fruit and that it's all been selectively bred they are actually very much correct.
                    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                    • #11
                      We have wild persimmons.....just thought you'd like to know.

                      Oh and black walnut.
                      Last edited by Lynna; 09-12-2012, 05:35 PM.

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                      • #12
                        My dog adores avocado. Whenever I'm peeling them for a salad or guac, if there are any little brown or bruised spots that aren't "pretty" enough for me, I just toss them on the tile floor and he slurps them right up. And the tile ends up cleaner than it started.

                        And Tercio, you're right. The too crowded point was passed about 1975.
                        Last edited by Paleobird; 09-12-2012, 09:36 PM.

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                        • #13
                          You know, sb, you have an evil side to you... posting pics of gutter-residing avos, knowing that most of us here would have to take out loans if we wanted to have avos until we can't eat any more of them. Hrmph.

                          Well, I don't have avocados, but I do have local dandelion wine, so there!
                          I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                          • #14
                            Bwuaahhahahaha. Yes, I'm eviiilll. Actually, I'm often amazed at how much fruit there is free for the taking that nobody takes. Some streets are lined with loquat trees. Loquats are delicious. There is an apple tree hanging over the fence on the bike path with apples all fallen into the dirt. And a walnut tree, too. Several macadamia nut trees litter the streets in my neighborhood. Too bad you can't crack macadamia nuts. Believe me, we've tried everything and nothing works. It's fun to watch the wild parrots in the pecan tree down the street. Sometimes I take a walk and pick up people's fallen plums and apples. I long ago lived with this hippie guy who made regular rounds on his bicycle for all the free produce in this town.
                            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                              I long ago lived with this hippie guy who made regular rounds on his bicycle for all the free produce in this town.
                              You should check out the Wikipedia or some similar thing on "Freegans". After you get over being grossed out, it is actually very thought provoking, what these people do. Perhaps some of them should visit your neighborhood and clean up - the neighbors probably would like the free sanitation service.
                              I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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