IMG_0632 (2)I was so excited about my new Sapodilla tree that I called my gardening friends and my mother to come over and look at my latest acquisition. My mother is not the outdoors-type so it took a week for her to visit to see my new baby. When she arrived at my house we went out back so I could show her. “But it’s all eaten up!” she exclaimed. Sure enough, the leaves were chewed up. I put on my glasses to get a closer look. A MONSTER CATERPILLAR was feasting on my poor little tree! Uuggh. Strangely, it was the only one at the party; so I plucked it right off. It’s been a month now and the tree is recuperated and ready to be transplanted. I just checked it; it’s caterpillar-free.

Sapodilla (Manilkara Zapota) is an evergreen tree native to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. It is also known as Naseberry, Nispero or Chico Sapote. The fruit ripens in early March through July and sparsely throughout the rest of the year. It’s delicious; it tastes like a pear soaked in brown sugar.

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8 thoughts on “A GREEN MONSTER!

  1. I must admit to be terrified of caterpillars, harmless though they seem. Sapodilla is one of my favourite fruits, I am glad you one this battle.

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  2. Your post reminded me of the time when I had to get a few caterpillars off one of my plants. God, I hate those creatures! I am glad that your plant has recuperated. Sapodilla is one of my favourite fruits. 🙂

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  3. Oh, my goodness! That giant caterpillar reminds me of a similarly gigantic caterpillar on one of my tomato plants! I was so petrified by the sight of it that I started screaming and jumping up and down!
    The fruit sounds so yummy! When I was growing up, whenever I got sick and coughed a lot, my mom would steam a pear in brown sugar and had me eat it. The recipe is good for the coughs.

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