Monday, September 22, 2014

QotD: "The alligator pear is another very delicious fruit, very common in the market of Panama" CD Griswold

2014.09.21-IMG_1630The alligator pear is another very delicious fruit, very common in the market of Panama; indeed, there is seemingly no end to the various different productions of this class, which grow spontaneously, or may be produced with little labor; yet they are now found but in limited quantities, so much so that it has been doubted by some who have been upon the Isthmus that they existed there. Nearly all I have so far mentioned have come under my observation, and many not here mentioned have still been spoken of by others. All the soil of this country wants, is cultivation, to make it the garden of the world; this is evident from the great variety and gorgeous character of vegetable life every where to be seen.

The Isthmus of Panama, and what I saw there (1852) by C.D. Griswold, p.67

(at right: Avocados at the El Rey Mercado in Panama City)

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