It's the season of the 'bael' now. Bael ( Aegle marmelos) is native to India. The fruit resembles the wood apple; it's green when raw but when it ripens, the colour changes to yellow and then, brown. It has many medicinal properties. The flesh of the fruit is yellow, with several seeds. It's sweet and aromatic and has a refreshing taste. It's one summer drink that I make very often.
Glory be to God for dappled things- For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow; For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim; Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings; Landscape plotted and pieced--fold, fallow, and plough; And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim. All things counter, original, spare, strange; Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?) With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim; He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change: Praise him. Gerard Manley Hopkins
The first flowering shrub I planted on our land
Every flower is a soul blooming in Nature.-Gerard De Nerval
Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself? -Henry David Thoreau