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Is There Something In The Water?

bounty from my in-laws' avocado tree

There’s an Avocado Tree in my in-laws’ backyard that decided to stop being lazy at some point in 2016 and went on to produce an abundance of impressively large fruit. I posted about it in October of that year, thinking it was a noteworthy phase, but the tree seems permanently lodged in production mode these days. Bring on the avocado recipes!

my in-laws' avocado tree

Intrigued, I posted about the tree for the second time last November, when the avocados were already a promising size. None of us knows why the avocado tree is suddenly so fruit-bearing, but then again, none of us are farmers (although my brother-in-law has a doctorate in biology, but he’s now in seminary). It’s another example of how growing food in Portugal requires little effort, but harvesting is another story. Recently, my father-in-law purchased a boom-like device to try and pick the fruit without having to climb on a ladder. It doesn’t completely prevent an avocado casualty, but it helps.

bounty from my in-laws' avocado tree

The avocado tree is gaining a bit of fame. I posted about it in this site’s Facebook page, sparking some avocado tree envy and prompting one reader to ask if it’s possible to have a baby tree from this one. I don’t know if this tree’s success can be guaranteed, let alone replicated, but the soil, water, and climate would have to be transplanted, too. Good luck with that!

my in-laws' avocado tree

March 18, 2018
Album: Portugal [Winter 2017/2018]

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