Sweet Potatoe – Pumpkin Pie Fruit


ripe green sapote
What I bought.

Last July I came across a hard-as-a-baseball, olive-green fruit. It was the size of a small cantaloupe. I bought one.

My wife recalled eating a few of them as a small child, and didn’t like them much.

She would nick the skin and eat them when the layer underneath turned reddish. So, I nicked, watched and waited.


green sapote
Ripe and ready.

It didn’t take long.

Three days later, the knife met the fruit revealing a soft reddish-orange interior and a very large and uniquely strange seed.

And oh my! Do you remember when you mother or grandmother prepared the holiday yam dish?

Those yams would be wallowing in a deep baking dish, primed with brown sugar. Sometimes basted with 7-up. And then often topped off with marshmallows.

And who could forget the pumpkin pie filling!

Now, imagine mixing both of them together.  That’s how this fruit tasted! It was so sweet it would be almost illegal. In fact is was so immorally sweet , eating it might be considered sinful in some circles.

That’s why that young girl, so long ago, disliked them. They were just too sweet. Something that wouldn’t have been comprehended by that young sugar bowl raiding boy wearing my shoes so long ago.


Mamey. Not what I bought.
Mamey. Close, but not what I bought.

What to do with that seed? Plant it of course. But how?

The seller said the fruit was a Mamey.

But a  little Googling and a look at my favorate tropical fruit reference revealed that this fruit wasn’t a Mamey at all.

It was a close, sweeter relative, a Green Sapote.

The Mamey, besides tasting different, has a different skin, seed, and a more pinkish color.

Here’s how the Green Sapote sprouted and grew over almost 4 months.


TalkingStick.me is Moving

TalkingStick.me has become TalkingStickBlog.wordpress.com.

Yes, it’s wordpress.com again. And for many of the same reasons as before. In addition, now I’m:

  • retired and reducing my expenses and hassles.
  • travelling without consistent internet connections.
  • working the net mostly with my smartphone.

And TalkingStick’s unique visitors have fallen from about 600 visits/day to about 50. No wonder.

  • no new problems are being solved here.
  • there’s not much new or novel information being presented either.
  • and it was never a cool or sexy site.

So, TalkingStick has slowly become irrelevant. I thought about unplugging it permanently this time. It’s a real pain doing site maintenance on a smart phone.

But after all the trouble of restoring it earlier, I thought it should continue to live where:

  • costs are low, thinking free.
  • site maintenance is minimal, thinking none.
  • must look good, lots of theme options.
  • be secure.
  • and content can be easily added, think smartphone or tablet friendly.

WordPress.com it is. And it’s a great choice.

For awhile, the site will lack polish. I’ve got to manually edit most talkingstick.me internal links, and store some files for downloading in the cloud. There’s no database access or public file storage at wordpress.com.

If you find something busted, please drop me a note.



Coconut Water

In Wyoming, it comes like this:

c2o coconut water

You can get it that way here too. But in Florida, there’s another option. Green coconuts!

green coconut

They’re quite a bit heavier than the canned stuff. But, with a machete, they can be opened just as fast.

Unfortunately I don’t own one. But that doesn’t deter an old Wyoming cowboy with a big kitchen knife.

A little hacking and the best coconut water is ready to drink.

hacked coconut

Inside, there’s more than enough coconut water for myself and a couple of friends.

coconut water

But unlike the can, there’s still more goodness inside. Splitting open the green husk and nut reveals the jelly.

jelly coconut

All that’s left is to scoop it out with a spoon.

coconut jelly

And it seems there’s just never enough jelly coconut!


New Format

TalkingStick Blog 7-9-14
New look and feel.

Talkingstick has a new look and feel. Bee Natural, Probiotics, Rock Fire, Time Machines, and SDA-ism, previously separate websites, now reside as categories inside TalkingStick.

The advantages:

  • easier site administration.
  • content is related by content rather than a fixed website structure.
  • easier to browse and search.
  • tag cloud graphically depicts content importance.
  • relevant articles are more closely related than before.
  • wider scope is possible.

From my end, writing and site administration feels so much more free and with fewer hassles than before.

There are a couple disadvantage as well:

  • your previously bookmarked links may now be broken.
  • content is now linked by category or tag
  • and it’s sorted by descending date.

I apologize for any bookmarking problems. Most of the previous page names remain the same. They have been redirected and should still work. There are a few exceptions.

Web-masters, thanks in advance, for updating your links.

Hope you enjoy it. Let me know what you think.


Paradise Revisted

Speaking of Florida land. Well, I’ve got some. In fact, I had some for quite awhile. And now I’ve got some more with a house on it.

When you pick up from a place like this:

Granite Mountains
Granite Mountains

And drop into one like this:


Well, it’s paradise if growing things is a passion.

So, after reading Julia Morton’s book about all the neat stuff I could grow here. And looking at the limited agricultural potential on the home place, it was time to pay a visit to our long held undeveloped land.

From the road, not too bad.

paradise 1

And maybe even a fruit tree already growing there?

paradise 3

But I think it’s going to take much work and time before exotic fruit orchards are growing there. Yep, it’s a grower’s paradise! And there’s an abundance already here.

paradise 2

After owning the land for more than a decade, I sure wish I’d started planting some trees sooner.

My friend Bob said that it looks like all we wanted was 40 acres and a mule to retire on. I laughed at the time, convinced its was true for my wife. But I think she’s converted me to her way of thinking.

I’m a little short of 40 acres. And I’ve been told about a few other shortcomings along the way. But just how much does a mule cost anyhow?  :)