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How did Princess Pupule pick plenty papayas?

picking papayasFellow blogger Kay posts on an almost daily basis about her life, travels, trials and tribulations.  One of Kay’s recent posts was about her husband’s $20 fruit picker.  Aunty commented on it and wanted to share pictures of the one she bought from Koolau Farmers.  It was pricey – at $33.  However, after trying the standard fruit pickers and bruising adjacent-to-the-ripe papayas, Aunty caved in and got the Koolau special picker in lime green.

It is a simple tool, perhaps something that could be made at home, but Aunty felt that it wanted to be bought and, most importantly, it works wonderfully!

The attached bottom wooden block has a screw in thingee to accommodate telescoping poles, mop handles, etc.  A galvanized metal strip is riveted on the side of the can with a forked end to cut the fruit stems close to the tree.

Our prolific papaya tree is a bit strange.  It has no seeds, and 3 papayas grow off of one stalk, so it has been quite challenging to pick as the tree got taller and taller.  We have no clue where or how the tree started, but the fruit is smooth, fleshy and sweet like solo papayas.  The tree is a keeper and getting taller and taller.

Aunty’s neck gets kinda sore looking up while aiming the forked strip just under the stalk but, once in place, an upward motion with the pole slices the appendage cleanly and the papayas tumble into the can.  Easy peasy!

Here’s a tip for creative cooks out there:  Add cubes of green papaya to stews, curries, soups, and stir fry instead of potatoes.  The texture is wonderful.  I bet if Princess Pupule knew to cook with papaya, she wouldn’t be giving them away.

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Aunty is a new senior citizen and loving this phase of her life. Less responsibilities, less fear of being weird, able to do more of the things that I want to do! Older, yes, slower, yes, but life is even more wonderful in my golden years and I look forward to even goldener ones.

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Comments (4)

  • jalna

    How ingenious!!

    • Aunty

      Isn’t it? Our Japanese neighbor made an even more ingenious picker – using a plastic liter soda bottle. He cut the bottom so that it had a high end that sloped to a low end, stuck a stick through the cap opening, and used the high end to go under the papaya next to the tree to cut the stalk. It didn’t last too long, but it was basically $free99, as my pal Patricia would say. I’ll try to make one and update later.

  • Musings

    Thanks so much, Auntie, but I think instead of the picker, Art would like your tree.

    • Aunty

      LOL! It seems to take ages for papaya trees to finally start bearing fruit. Tell him to start another tree or two already. I think they are very nice looking and more useful than palm trees. With his green thumb his trees will produce for years to come.


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