Sunday, September 16, 2007

Shimaruku Surprise

It was pretty cloudy yesterday, which made for pleasant bike riding conditions. Cars visiting Washington Park during the week had pounded out some of the worst of the ruts caused by the recent rains so the ride wasn't as bumpy as last week either.

The highlight of this week's ride was the bumper crop of fruit on the West Indian Cherry or Shimaruku trees in the park. We had a Shimaruku tree in our yard when we lived on Kaya Rotterdam, so the sweet Shimaruku smell brought back pleasant memories as I pedaled along.

My tree book says that three Shimaruku cherries contain as much vitamin C as an Orange! I encountered a number of Bonairian families parked along the sides of the road and enjoying the harvest. Birds and lizards like the Shimarukus too.

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