See what fruit grows in our Mexican yard

Fruit that grows in our yard at Lake Chapala, Mexico

Living in Mexico means we have all kinds of great fruit growing in our yard. Well it’s not our yard exactly, but I mean here at the little eco-hotel at Lake Chapala where we’re spending a few months. Sadly we have no delicious Vancouver blueberries, but we’ve got other interesting options. Today I grabbed my camera and did a walkabout…here’s what I found.


Payapa in our yard at Lake Chapala, Mexico

I won’t lie, papaya makes me gag. It’s awful. I wish I liked it, but I don’t. If the grocery store has samples out, the stench drives me from the store. If papaya shows up in a fruit salad at a restaurant, I can’t just eat around it, I have to sent back (while trying not to heave) because the vile papaya has contaminated the other fruit. But after spending so many years in the chilly Pacific Northwest, I think it’s totally cool that papaya grows in my yard!


Bananas growing at our house in Mexico

I love bananas! These are still a bit green but not for long. And this particular tree is hidden behind an old shed, so hopefully no one else will pick them.

Lemony-looking Limes

Lemons and limes at our house in Lake Chapala, Mexico

Lemons and limes from our yard at Lake Chapala, Mexico

We’ve got several trees that produce limes that look like lemons. I use limes all day long…for dressings and marinades, in my water, in Thai food. Seriously, in practically everything. It’s a real treat to pull them of the branch as I need them.



Scattered around the property are  oranges, sour oranges, and mandarins. Not all the trees have fruit right now.

Plum thingies

Plums growing in our yard at Lake Chapala, Mexico

I don’t know exactly what these are, but they taste like a cross between a mango and a plum.  The owner refers to them as plums. They are delicious!!! There are several massive trees in the back of the property that had thousands of fruits.

Strawberry Guavas

Strawberry Guavas in our yard at Lake Chapala, Mexico

Strawberry Guavas growing in our yard at Lake Chapala, Mexico

These grow on little bushes all over the place. I didn’t realize you could eat them until last month when I watched two ladies here for a Tai Chi conference plucking them, stuffing them into bulging bags, and looking guilty. They’re very sweet and really tasty. You can swallow or spit out the seeds, whatever. We also have hundreds of yellow guava trees on the hillside below us.

Finally, it’s warm enough here that at Thanksgiving my little herb garden is still going strong. Basil, chives, mint (I use lots of mint), oregano…they’re all looking healthy and vibrant.

What’s growing in your yard?

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1 Kerri November 25, 2013 at 11:49 am

We are jealous…it all looks so good especially the strawberry guavas!
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2 Renee November 25, 2013 at 11:54 am

Kerri, they’re great but figs are still my favorites!!! 🙂


3 Alex December 4, 2013 at 9:19 am

Just planted a fig on our property, also avocado, lime, and orange. We already have banana, grapefruit and zapote.
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4 Renee December 4, 2013 at 11:14 am

FIGS! I’m on my way….


5 Cathryn Haynes November 25, 2013 at 8:44 pm

My favorite memory of living in Zihuatanejo — mango trees, lime trees, papaya trees–not to mention the orange juice vendor at the corner and the “chicken lady” who stopped by several times a week!


6 Patti November 25, 2013 at 11:59 pm

Plum thingies – I love it! Those little strawberry guavas look juicy and delicious and don’t forget to make margaritas with those lemon/limes!
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7 Renee November 26, 2013 at 8:06 am

Great idea. Thanksgiving Margaritas coming right up!


8 Molly November 27, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Awesome photographs! Would love to know the camera you used, so clear and colorful high definition, seems a step up from the digital 35m point and shoots we used 🙂
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