Saturday, 4 June 2016

Red Fruits and other matters.



We've already had plenty of Strawberries, and now it's the turn of the Cherries.

Unfortunately this year the weather has been against us; with all the rain we've had the early ones have swelled and split, and frankly their flavour is not as good as it should be. Of course it's only just the beginning of the Cherry season, and with some up-coming sunshine on their backs they'll be OK again quite soon.


I thought I'd also just let you see my Calabrese 'aftermath', and there's even more to come from that same one plant. 

It's worth remembering; don't grub-up your Calabrese plants too quickly!




27 comments:

  1. We leave our kale plants...and any cabbage, especially red, that didn't fill out....or Brussels sprouts that basically were too small to consider harvesting....to blow....the resulting flower shoots we pick as sprouts.
    Steamed or stir-fried, they are a wonderful addition to the menu in the "hungry gap".
    I am not a great fan of "cabbage breeze"....probably because we've never grown it and only know long-picked, supermarket specimens....and because of its after effects!!!
    But these sprouts do look very tasty...
    We've had the same from Romanesco plants...
    And they were very tasty!!

    You mentioned that you had no luck with Romanesco...it does require a reasonably heavy soil with a good clay content....yours looks quite sandy, like ours in Leeds....Romanesco and cauliflower never headed for us in Leeds, but here, we've had good results...but only bother with Romanesco, because collies are so cheap in the shops in season!

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    1. I leave all my greenery plants to sprout. The old Brussels plants are probably the best, as each sprout sprouts. I've had very good pickings from Cavolo Nero plants too.

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    2. Yup, along with Red Russian, that's one of our kales!!

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    3. I'm growing a red Kale, this year, called 'Scarlet'.

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    4. Is it a flat leaf kale or a curly one....
      If it is a flat leaf variety... I am interested to know how it turns out....we daren't grow any curly kales here...the dust is mainly clay particles and just doesn't wash out....
      Result....gritty mouthfuls!

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  2. I just love cherries - far better than strawberries any day.

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    1. We have 3 trees, only one of which will have a pukka crop this year. These ones above came from my neighbour José's tree.

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  3. Percy Thrower convention day. This way please.

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    1. Lumberjack Horticultural Show. Tickets please.

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  4. Oh,..... I had better go have a look at our cherry trees then. Would hate to miss the harvest because we forgot to keep a check on them!

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    1. My neighbour, José, has several trees that fruit in succession. When his are all finished we still have one late one of our own.

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  5. Our cherries are only pea size( and colour) now, so a long way to go yet. The blackbirds and crows will let me know when they are ready!

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    1. My neighbour used to put a radio in her tree to frighten off the birds, but I think it attracted them even more.

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  6. Ours are still green and a very poor crop this year. I'm hoping Philippe's trees will be better.

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    1. All of mine are still green/yellow; it's good to have neighbours with early varieties.

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  7. Do you have to compete with the birds for the fruit? Looks lovely.

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    1. I'm afraid so, they consume about 50%.

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  8. Yum, cherries!! Lucky Cro.

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    1. They weren't terribly good. Next week they'll be much better.

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  9. Cherries look yummy. I saw they were on our greengrocery stall on the market on Friday for the first time.

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    1. I don't expect they came from France. More likely Spain where weather has been much kinder.

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  10. It's interesting that various cherry trees in not too distant locations have differing cherry harvests. Those that your neighbor has shared with you look delish.

    I also like the Calabrese update.

    How is it going on the swimming pool front?

    Happy weekend to you and yours.

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    1. The pool is crystal clear, but the temperature still hovering below 20C. The weather should improve next week, so I am looking forward to our first swims. Fingers crossed!

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  11. Always like your food photos. The way you you post many of them with your small knife or very pretty dishes.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. The knife is to give an idea of scale (and so you know it's MY photo), and the rustic dishes are one of my passions.

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  12. After raspberries, cherries are my favourite fruit!

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    1. And the raspberries (Tayberries) will arrive any day.

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