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Something different: For fun and health reasons try germinating some pawpaw
Pots of pawpaw promise future plenty
Many of the pawpaws we
import come from the
Philippines, where you can
see the trees growing wild.
A while back a Wellington gar-
dener contacted me about the
pawpaws he was growing in con-
tainers, indoors, in front of a sunny
I was emailed pictures of the
plants which appeared to be doing
OK except he was over watering for
the time of the year.
I suggested the light situation
was not so good indoors and they
should be getting more light by
being outside and protected.
I was told the plants flowered and
produced fruit, which surprised me.
As I enjoy eating pawpaws I often
buy one or two when they are not
too expensive and I am always
taken back by the number of round
black seeds in the centre of the fruit.
Thinking back to the chap in Wel-
lington I decided a few weeks ago to
take a few of the seeds and place
them in a dish to dry out.
After a couple of weeks they had
dried down to about half their size
and were ready to sow.
I placed the seeds into seedling
trays with compost then onto the
heat pad I use for germinating more
difficult seeds and spray misted the
growing medium every day.
I have been rewarded with a
strike of about half a dozen pawpaw
As soon as they germinated and
as the first embryo leaves were
forming I put them in my
glasshouse so they would receive
You never want to let freshly-
germinated plants stretch for light
as you will likely lose them.
They are still in their seedling
trays and when the first true leaves
are formed I will transplant them
into small pots and grow them on
Maybe I can eventually get them
to fruit, who knows, and it is a lot of
fun having a go.
You might like to try doing the
same and not only with pawpaw but
any fruit you buy including tom-
atoes, capsicum and melon -- the
seeds are free with the fruit and it is
a lot of satisfaction growing plants
Pawpaw, or papaya as my
Filipino friends prefer, is very low in
calories and contains no cholesterol,
but is a rich source of phyto-
nutrients, minerals and vitamins.
The flesh has a good amount of sol-
uble dietary fibre that helps normal
A pawpaw is ripe when the skin is
becoming slightly yellow and yields
slightly to touch.
Unripe fruit can be kept at room
temperature for a few days but ripe
ones should be stored in the
Bring the fruit back to normal
temperature before you eat it to get
the pawpaw s natural taste and
Plants need to be protected
against adverse weather and frosts
and are best grown in containers so
they can be moved before winter.
Keep the mix on the dry side in win-
Happy times with a tui
By MICHELLE GREY
Iwoke at 5am, right on cue to
get up and get organised for
My morning routine includes
walking to the shop (in prep-
aration for getting back to the
Now, allowing for my gratitude/
appreciation session, which only
takes a couple of minutes, I should
have been in the shower by five
However, the reality is, it
wasn t until I heard our local tui
calling me at 20 past that I actu-
ally dragged myself out of bed.
Did I say dragged?
I meant leapt, of course.
Have you heard all the tui
around the city this year?
We ve got at least one near our
home, and one evening a couple of
weeks ago I was sitting on the
deck with my friend Brigitte,
drinking something that wasn t
wine (because I m detoxing,
remember), and the tui was chat-
ting away furiously. It was
Brigitte said they re back
because of all the native trees
we ve been planting in our gar-
How wonderful is that and how
clever are we.
Now I do have to confess that I
fell off the detox wagon the other
weekend and had a couple of
I won t tell you why because it
will sound like an excuse and
there is no excuse.
Peter thinks I should do
another month, but I was thinking
more along the lines of a week.
Anyway, I m not beating myself
up over it, and I m back on track.
Getting back to the tui, there s
one at Mum s and I started hear-
ing one in The Square a couple of
weeks before Christmas.
Mum and I love birds, and I
may have mentioned previously
that we both feed our backyard
birds, buying in seed and bread
So on Christmas morning
(wasn t it a glorious day!) I
decided to break from our usual
Christmas morning routine.
I picked Mum up at 9am and we
went to Alexandre Patisserie for a
coffee and one of their extremely
yummy citrus tarts.
Have you ever tried one?
It s an amazing experience.
I close my eyes as I take the
first bite and it s like an explosion
of flavour in my mouth.
If that isn t something to add to
my rampage of appreciation I
don t know what is.
Hmmm, I ve got distracted by
Anyway, after our coffee we
decided to take a stroll around
Mum had never walked right
round it since it was transformed
a few years ago, and we both
really enjoyed it.
I particularly hoped she d get to
hear the tui and we weren t
disappointed, he performed
Another wonderful thing to add
to my rampage of appreciation.
I dropped Mum back at home,
knackered but happy, ready for a
Nana nap before the big lunch.
Inspire Me is on the corner of The
Square and Rangitikei St. Open
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