Wednesday, April 26, 2006
considering the pests that come to drink of the fruit before its time
In the spring of every year the patch must be fumigated just as the plants are about to bloom. There is a particular insect or bug, which enjoys the nectar of the flower. It bites the flower, and in the process stunts the development of the fruit, severely deforming the shape of the mature berry. We called these berries nubbies, separating them from the rest of the berries that were for sale, because they had a large undeveloped spot on them. Because we were frugal, we cleaned and ate the good part of the nubbied berries, but the nubbies were unpleasant to clean because it took extra work to cut out the nub.