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Picking plums with cousins in Friendship, Bequia

Khurt and Bruce picking plums with cousins in Friendship, Bequia

Unlike the lush tropical forests fed by the mineral-rich volcanic soils of St. Vincent, Bequia’s ecology is more spartan. Bequia is mainly covered with smaller trees and shrubs and brush. However, many families cultivated tropical trees brought centuries ago from Indonesia, India, and other parts of South East Asia, as well as fruit plants native to the Americas such as cashew, almonds, sugar apple (cherimoya), and soursop. One of my favourite native fruits is the Bequia plum. Mom’s younger sister,…

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