... leave them on the plant too long!
Oh dear. I kept looking and squeezing, not being able to make up my mind. The plant made it up for me.
So look under the fruit and don't be fooled by the still-green part on top. And the squeeze-test with thumb and forefinger is to feel a rubbery yielding, not soft but just subtly softer than when hard and unripe.
When I looked under, wondering where the cloud of little insects (Vinegar Flies?) was coming from, I found a huge split:
And this is what I found when I cut into the fruit:
Yep, likely to be fruit fly. The eggs probably were laid after the fruit split, the skin is very thick and rubbery and I guess the ovipositor is not long enough to penetrate. The infestations were all around the split.
This is what we recovered and enjoyed:
So in its first year of fruiting, this plant gave us 3 large fruits with minimal fuss and watering. Just some tying up of stems here and there. None of the other plants put in at the same time have achieved the growth of this plant - given to me originally by Jacqui at Jane Street.
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