We are still meeting at the New Century Restaurant on Madison Street at 7:00 PM.
During the dry heat of a few weeks ago (boy, that is nice to say it is in the past) All my figs dried up and dropped to the ground. A bumper crop but only a few enjoyed by us. However, the leaves are back on the bushes and some figs are reforming so maybe we'll get a second chance.
The bumper crops have been okra (I don't even like okra or not much) Armenian cucumbers (or whatever they are called in your neck of the woods) and fu gua, although others know it as kugua (Chinese: 苦瓜kǔguā, "bitter gourd"); parya (Ilokano), pare or pare ayam (Javanese and Indonesian), pavayka or kayppayka (Malayalam:പാവയ്ക്ക, കയ്പ്പക്ക ), goya (Okinawan: ゴーヤー) or nigauri (Japanese: 苦瓜; although the Okinawan word goya is also used in Japanese), paakharkaai (Tamil: பாகற்காய்), hāgalakāyi (Kannada: ಹಾಗಲಕಾಯಿ), ma'reah (Khmer: ម្រះ), kaakarakaya(Telugu: కాకరకాయ), করলা (korola)(Bengali)
Still don't recognize it? Go to wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitter_melon#Local_names
Usually it lives up to its name (bitter) but this last batch was not bad. Maybe it was the ripeness, or the way Deb's Mom cooked it, but I was happy to eat it all. Deb won't touch it, nor many of our garden club. But it is unique looking and creates good talk around the table. :-)