The Cuban municipality of Calixto Garcia, in Holguin province, reports from time to time unusual nature's tricks or gifts. Today we bring the news of a tree fruit that has amazed farmer Jose Antonio Guzman, his family and neighbors from the rural settlement of Lajas.
"The nispero is a leafy tree that's hard to grow and yield. My father planted this one many years ago, but the year's harvest, wow! Amazing? But, nothing to do with last year's. Not alone for the many fruits, but for their size and weight. The neighbors and my family are wide opened eyes, said with much joy Jose Antonio.
The Manilkara huberi – called nispero, masaranduba and sapotilla, is a fruit bearing plant of the genus Manilkara belonging to the Sapotaceae family, originally from the American continent that is highly appreciated for its flavour.
Jose Antonio belongs to the Adolfo Rivera Mora cooperative farm of credits and services – six kilometers away from Buenaventura, the head town of the municipality of Calixto Garcia, a mostly rural jurisdiction in Holguin province.
"This is something unusual, we've never seen this before, says neighbor Antonio Vera... all these fruits have grown like never. Just see those ones you see there, which get to weigh a pound and a quarter, and the other one, a pound. I've never seen this before. We help him collect them and we've got to see more than 30 nisperos with the same size.
In the midst of joy and astonishment I left the place sure that Mother Nature will continue to give us many more surprises; lest just wait and see. / By Jose Luis Diaz Grass – Radio Juvenil / Translated by Radio Angulo.