A guava sapling was presented to me by a gardener some twenty years ago as we neared the completion of the house. He found a place to plant this on the little space behind the house. ‘This is a good guava sapling’, I was told. I believed him. It started bearing fruits two years later. I am told that an old fruit tree won’t bear good fruits as they age. But the guavas have been as tasty as it has ever been. They are crunchy when they are still greenish. They turn golden yellow when picked to keep aside. It gives out a sweetish creamy scent of its own. I wonder if we could make jam or pickle it.
I give some to my neighbours, friends and colleagues too. Soon the winter will dry out the leaves which begin to fall as the tree hibernate until the next fruity season. Until then, I don’t have the heart to axe it. So I let it be.
What do you do with old fruit trees?