15th July - Soft Fruit Week!! Everything in the fruit cages has suddenly ripened at the same time, so I have spent this week picking and cooking fruit, with some still to go, stored for a coule of days only, in the fridge
We shall begin this week's Harvest Monday with, yes, soft fruit!
Loganberries & Tayberries:
despite not being netted and therefore been gorged upon by Blackbirds, I have picked several punnets of these sweet-sour berries, which makes the most delicious jam. I have a few jars of (almost) seedless jam now, thanks to being able to use the mooli, which
myseteriously reappeared in the cupboard a few week ago, after being "lost" for over a year. (I'll be posting jam recipes soon)
Raspberries are wonderful. The Summer fruiting canes that were allgedly
dug out some years back seem to go from strength to strength and I have had more raspberries than I can keep up with. They are quite small fruits though, and are best used for jelly making or Raspberry Gin
are the best ever, with no sign of mildew this year. Half went into a batch of gin, whilst the others were supposed to be used for Chamomile & Gooseberry Jam.... but I took my eye off the pan and the bottom scorched slightly, so the jam was unusable. Very
careless of me, but at least the pan was non-stick!
Blackcurrants: Seedless jam to come, White Rum infusion underway and lots given to friends. I pruned the bushes hard last year and the fruit on
the new growth has been larger than last year, plus there are fewer branches overall so I do not have a deluge of Blackcurrants to deal with!