Friday, August 11, 2006
Summertime is Hindi-time
Summertime is time for eating cactus fruit , called hindi in Libya.
In rural areas cactus is often used as a hedge or fence. Collecting the fruit, that are also known as barbary figs is a tricky business. Wearing a heavy pair of gloves is a good idea.
Once the fruit is picked and rinsed off, the skin is carefully removed by cutting the two ends with a sharp knife and making a slit along the side. Then the skin is peeled away from the fruit. The fruit itself is not really impressive. It's somewhat sweet and full of small hard seeds that are swallowed whole along with the pulpy fruit. Unfortunately the kids ate them all before I could take a picture of the fruit once it had been skinned.
Ibrahim had a nice time at the farm today. He's wearing his new hat.
Jenna climbed up the ladder to check on the progress of the house. It's going way too slow (in my opinion) and I've gotten very discouraged about the whole process. It seems as if we've been building the house forever. Nowadays I get depressed when I go to the farm. Of course with Ramadan coming up I only see more delays in the future. I guess I should just count my blessings and eat hindi!
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