We have sprawling chiverre vines on the property ... they are invasive and remind me of cucumber plants. They are strong and are happy to climb trees, too.
Gorgeous yellow flowers bloom and attract pollinating bees
The chiverre fruit looks a lot like a watermelon. They're huge (this one is approximately 45 cm (18 inches) long. It's hanging from a tree. Chiverre is very popular during Holy Week in March/April. It's unusual to see them this large so early in the season. We're not really sure what to do with them (we have a few). Preparing it is time consuming and complicated. It's not really something I care to master. We might give it to Clara to cook and she can share some with us.
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My husband, Kevin, and I are from Burlington, Ontario, Canada. We decided to leave the cold winters of the Great White North and the hustle and bustle of our busy lives to reinvent ourselves in the beautiful mountains of Costa Rica. The planning stage started in June 2011 and we embarked on our new adventure on August 23, 2012. Welcome to our journey... enjoy the ride.
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