Monday, August 8, 2011

Apples and other dangerous Harvest(s) Monday

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I've shared with the bugs. I will share with the critters including deer. And then we will feast on the bits that remain. This tree is close to ripe now.

A hint of autumn was in the air when I made my first batch of apple sauce yesterday but not before braving the bald headed hornet. Actually I didn't come face to face with them but my poor niece did. I just hope that the now eradicated nest build at head level in the apple tree isn't the thing she remembers most about her trip to Canada.

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I asked the name of the tree that we got the large, early maturing soft and delicious apples and the previous owner answered: "This is an old tree." So that's their name folks: Old Tree Apples.

We are also dripping with ground cherries. I bought these starts at a local organic nursery and I asked what variety they were and got 'Ground Cherries' as an answer. They are not partial to the searing heat we've been having or the mini-drought which thankfully was broken by a nice soaking yesterday. Other than eating out of hand, anyone have some good recipes?

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Some sort of ground cherry that has been getting sunburnt over the last week. Still lots of life left in it though and it's smothered with fruit.

Related to the cherry in the husk is the tomatillo. I suppose these are almost salsa verde ready but not quite ripe enough for me yet -

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- and their dangerous cousin, the Litchi tomato or Morelle De Balbis as it is known in French.

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It's a pretty plant. In my garden, only reaching about 3-4 feet though I've heard stories of tree like monsters.

Unripe berries equiped with the same spines that cover this plant.

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It's a weed in some places but here we 'just' get ripe fruit. Certainly not something I'd like to step on while trapsing around the garden.

I really like the flavour though some are less partial. I also like the fruit Sunberry (another tomato cousin) which is sweet and can be eaten out of hand unlike Garden Huckleberry but I know there are some who aren't fans of this fruit either. Well were on the subject, I like eggplant. Doesn't everyone?*

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Todays tomatoes lining up for the cutting board.

That's a small list of the harvests this week which included herbs, summer squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, greens, and much more. What I'm really looking forward to is the first of the melons! I have hopes for next Monday.

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For the interested, the weed perennial Clammy groundcherry. The berries are not ripe yet but this originated from Yuko's Open Pollinated Seed and she tells me they taste yummy. They will cover the ground rather like Chinese Lanterns and also like them, the Colorado Potato Beetle seem to prefer them so might be a useful trap crop.

* Okay so not everyone likes eggplant. I figure it's because they haven't had it lightly battered and fried until it turns creamy inside and crispy outside. So good.

10 comments:

Jaime said...

Ohh I love ground cherries. Ours are just getting started. They're kind of getting squished by a run away zucchini plant that I planted too close - oops!

I posted about our ground cherries and listed a few recipes around this time last year. Here is the link:

http://www.redroofbluedoor.com/2010/08/16/139/

Jaime said...

Ohh I love ground cherries. Ours are just getting started. They're kind of getting squished by a run away zucchini plant that I planted too close - oops!

I posted about our ground cherries and listed a few recipes around this time last year. Here is the link:

http://www.redroofbluedoor.com/2010/08/16/139/

Emily said...

Last year when I had a lot of ground cherries I made a makeshift enchillada sauce with them. Maybe a mix of 1/2 ground cherries and 1/2 tomatillos would be good. We also made them into fresh salsa.

Allison at Novice Life said...

Great harvest! I have to laugh about the name of the apples you picked because we live on an 'older' orchard of 110 trees and I cannot tell you, with certainty, which variety about 108 of them are!! When I was consulting with a larger orchard in the area, their advice was to pick a name and stick with it for the apples!! Go figure!

Barbie said...

I understand you bake them jsut like you would a cherry pie - just don't expect it to taste like cherries, that's all. Also good for jams. :-)

kitsapFG said...

I am the only one in my family that likes eggplant and I like them cooked just like you describe.

Tina Marie said...

Last year I made ground cherry jelly, and it was really pretty with the seeds suspended all throughout. There are multiple recipes. If I come across any at market I might try this one: http://davidmatthew.wordpress.com/2008/08/14/ground-cherry-chamomile-jam/

Ottawa Gardener said...

That's for the ground cherry recipes everyone. I love the sounds of chamomile and ground cherry jelly! I'll also try the enchillada sauce with tomatillos.

Now I'm curious Allison, what did you name your apples?

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Wow now we wish we have an apple tree too. Not familiar with ground cherries. Very curious.

Daphne said...

I'm in the not loving eggplants side. I don't hate them anymore, but I've got a whole garden of other things to eat so I give those away.

I grew pineapple tomatillos one year. They really aren't a tomatillo, but a ground cherry. I loved them fresh in salsa.