In Northern Queensland, mangoes and avocados and lichees
quickly ran up against an oversupplied market.
Chamoiseau's protagonist, Marie-Sophie, describes the founding of the Texaco quarter, on the outskirts of the capital, by blacks from rural areas: "We brought the countryside with us: carts of lemon trees, swaying coconut trees, bunches of papaya trees, tufts of sugarcane, tatters of plantains, guavas, peppers, lichees
, the blessed bread-fruit, the avocado trees, and a mixture of this grass and that grass to cure the aches, the heart's suffering, the soul's wounds, the dreamy flowerings of melancholy."
total) kiwi fruit 2 cups strawberries, rinsed 1 can (20 oz.) lichees
, drained 2 cups 3/4-inch chunks fresh pineapple 1 can (8 oz.) sliced water chestnuts, rinsed and drained Lime dressing (recipe follows) 6 to 8 large butter lettuce leaves, rinsed and crisped
The major agricultural crops in this area include rice (Oryza sativa), oranges (Citrus sinensis), longans (Euphoria logan), and lichees
Dessert is simple-invariably boiled, sweetened lotus seeds or canned lichees
, a Chinese fruit.