A Papaya in the Works

Young papaya

And so it appeared on Christmas Eve! If you’ve followed Rambling Spoon for the past few months, you might recall previous discussion of a little papaya tree brought to us by our dear friends the birds. Our tiny tree bloomed back in August and we patiently awaited the first signs of a fruit. Will it come? Will it ever come? And then on Christmas Eve afternoon I noticed a wee yellow appendage, the beginnings of a baby papaya, bathing in the harsh dry-season sunlight of our Chiang Mai porch. Yippee!

I will be taking a break in the upcoming week. The in-laws are in town, and we’re whisking them away to Luang Prabang. I don’t expect to be posting much in that time, but I do expect to eat with all-out abandon. That ancient Laotian city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of my favorite eating (and relaxing and exploring) destinations in Asia. Touristy? Of course, but I don’t care. It’s a place where I can sit beside the Mekong, drink a Beerlao, munch on some crispy fried Mekong seaweed and feel utterly inspired to write about the world around me. Plus, the Laotians know how to put on a celebration. So do check back next week for news of our holiday adventures, as well as progress reports on the papaya.

May 2007 bring peace and health to all of you. And good food!

6 thoughts on “A Papaya in the Works

  1. I hope you’ll be able to post all the photos (from flower to mature fruit) when you’re ready to pick it! That would be neat to see…and whatever you turn it into….breakfast, Som Tam…Have fun with the ‘rents

  2. What a beautiful photo! Congrats on the new baby. I hope it survives to mouthwatering adulthood!

    Happy new year, too.

    –lurker Anne

  3. Anne,
    Thanks for lurking. I, too, hope the papaya grows into a fine edible specimen. It’s still really small and yellow, though.

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