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Do Squirrels Eat Longan Fruits?
The answer is, now, yes.
Now, after years, squirrels know how to eat longan fruit flesh from our longan fruit trees. At first, they didn’t know how to eat, they ignored our longan fruit trees when fruiting. Later, they seems knowing there is a seed in a longan fruit, then they started visiting our trees when fruiting. They trashed all; they just got the seeds. For sure, they created messy under the trees; we must swept and clean everyday when the trees fruiting. They ate them when fruits are still very young.
At first, they visited every couple days. Later, they came once everyday. Next, they came twice a day on the right schedule. My dad told me that they came in the early morning around 6 a.m. and in the evening after 4 or 5 p.m. (I forgot it was 4 or 5. When I recall the right one, I’ll make a correction.) However, thing was changed after the end of the year 2020. For the fruit season in 2021, they came at none schedule anymore. They came anytime they want. If I monitored my fruit tree, they didn’t come but when I just turned my back doing something else, they came. Sometimes, they came out at 8 p.m. and possible later too. If they didn’t have a chance getting any fruit on that day yet, they tried many ways to get fruits at any possible chance. Is it because of the pandemic, lacking of fruits or because they knew my dad is no longer around in the yard everyday anymore? I don’t really know.
In 2020 fruiting season, we didn’t have many fruits, just around 2 pounds of longan fruits on the tree and around 20 mangoes. I chased them off the property very often; my dad told me, don’t chase them, just let them eat because of the pandemic, there might be lacking food for them. Now, at the time writing this post, I realize that maybe, my dad was afraid I slipped and got an injure; that was why he said so. He knew very well about my feet; I had a plenty of history with them, actually my entire legs, especially from knee down, since 3 year old.
Through our observation, they are now very smart. They know when fruits are ready to eat and know very well how to choose the best fruits to eat. They left small fruits and not tasty fruits for last resources. Sometimes, they hide the seeds in the ground after the end of fruiting season and dig up later in the year.
If you like to hear more stories about squirrels with our fruit trees then don’t forget coming back; I will add more when remembering something about them or observing anything new or strange.
May 1, 2022, Sunday 11:30 p.m.
Today, I show you these nature vegetables which you might have never seen them before. I know, back then, in Vietnam, they’re one of nature vegetable varieties but I’m not sure in the US. In Southwestern Vietnam, no one grows them, they’re just there and regrow themself; people pick and prepare them as a part of an everyday meal (fresh vegetable side dish or vegetable dish).
We got them from a pot of a fruit tree which we bought from a garden center store. At the beginning, there was just only one and then my dad stuck it in the corner of the fence, and, after many years, we got that many.
Nature Vegetable: Clearweed | Peperomia Pellucida | Pepper Elder | Shining Bush Plant | Rau Cang Cua at Garden Q
They are usually died out in the winter and regrow in the summer when the rain season starts.
It’s great when you make them as salads and combine with stir-fried beefs. We call this cuisine as Càng Cua Bóp Dắm Thịt Bò which means preparing them with mixed fresh lime juice or vinegar/sugar/fish sauce and adding stir-fried beefs on the top. It’s very tasty if you eat with homemade mixed fish sauce. For a temporary, I name this cuisine as “Càng Cua” with Stir-Fried Beef Salad.
According to Wikipedia, it is peperomia pellucida and is also known as pepper elder, shining bush plant, and man to man, silverbush, rat-ear, man-to-man… and is named differently at different location on the world.
- North America: clearweed
- Puerto Rico: prenetaria
- Suriname: konsaka wiwiri
- Brazil: coraçãozinho or “little heart”
- Cuba: orazón de hombre
- Vietnam: càng cua
- Thailand: pak krasang ผักกระสัง
- Cambodia: “krasang teap” ក្រសាំងទាប
- Japan: suna kosho
- Bahasa/Malay: rangu-rangu, ketumpangan or tumpang angin
- Nigeria: rinrin
- Trinidad and Tobago: “shining bush”
- Malayalam: mashithanduമഷിത്തണ്ട്, vellipachila and vella-paccha
- In Oceania, rtertiil (Belauan), podpod-lahe or potpopot (Chamorro)
- Philippines: pansit-pansitan or ulasimang-bato (Tagalog), olasiman ihalas (Bisaya), sinaw-sinaw or tangon-tangon (Bikol), lin-linnaaw (Ilocano) and “clavo-clavo” (Chavacano).
- South America: lingua de sapo, herva-de-vidro, herva-de-jaboti or herva-de-jabuti
(Updated by the end of 2021) We got none of them for this year. I don’t know why. They were disappeared.
(Updated by the end of 2022) As of today, I don’t see any of them surrounding the property. Is it gone forever? I don’t know yet.
Written by VN for Garden Q.
Orlando, Florida U.S.A.
April 25, 2017 3:49 PM
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