27/05/2012

PEPPER TREES

On my morning walks at the moment I pass a line of pepper trees that overhang the road to the roundabout. Anyone going to Las Chafiras or heading for the motorway must drive under them, but to see their full glory you should really be walking.
Millions of peppers on each tree create the impression of a pink blush in the morning light, and the ground beneath the trees is littered with fallen seeds, still encased in their papery pink coats.
Not all the trees ripen at the same time, so some are still in flower, some have bunches of immature green seeds, some are already dropping their fruit.
The scent is bitter-sweet - think of the smell of a pepper sauce on your steak, subtract the cream, and you'll get some idea. Even brushing your hand over a twig of the feathery leaves is one of nature's gifts.

6 comments:

  1. Wow, gorgeous! I love the sound of the smell. But way too big for our garden... I shall look into this and see if we can get a diddy one... I have a feeling Carol may right about the other issue. XXX

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  2. That must be a beautiful sight. Every place I've ever lived or visited has at least one spectacular sight like this...and one that often smells good too. Here there are flowering plum trees that don't bear fruit but smell heavenly (some white, some lavender, some purple).

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  3. So do you use them in your cooking?

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  4. I love these trees. Just looking at your pictures remeinded me of my primary school in Australia, where a peper tree grew in the middle of the play yard. I can smell it too.

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  5. I agree they look beautiful but I didn't realise they were pepper trees.

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  6. What beautiful trees & colour. I didn't realise they were pepper trees.

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