While living in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea in the 80’s, I eagerly looked forward to the avocado season. Each weekend, a kind friend would deliver a shopping bag full of avocados to my door. In exchange, he would take back a bag or two of guavas which grew plentifully in my own garden.
Having such availability to a whole range of fresh fruits both from the Highlands and the coastal areas was a rich experience for sure. I recall soon after arriving, I was driving through a lowland valley and stopped by a roadside market stall. The fresh watermelons looked so attractive and welcome in the heat. Hearing they were only 10c each, I remarked that this was a good price. The immediate comment was “If it is too much we can reduce it”. Amazing value!!
Coconuts, breadfruit, papaya, bananas, mangoes etc etc grew so plentifully in this tropical paradise. A wonderful experience for sure.