I have come to the sad realization that my apricot trees only want to bear fruit every other year, and the same with my mom’s. Do they have the courtesy of producing in opposite years of each other so we can always have fresh apricots? Of course not, so rude.
Repeat after me: a cobbler is not the same as a crisp, and neither are the same as a crumble. Or a buckle, a pandowdy, a betty, or a puzzle. Slump, maybe, but only the cobbler. Don’t even get me started on grunts. Who came up with these names??
We have three varieties of plums in our little home orchard that range in flavor from too tart for words to sublimely sweet. Each is perfect in their own way depending on how they are used, and trust me, they will get used.
Each year we harvest a lot of fruit from our backyard orchard. Each year, I make a lot of jams and jellies. Each year I realize we don’t eat a lot of it. Hmmmm…
Greeks like bread. No… we LOVE bread. There is literally a bread made specifically for every main holiday, and this doesn’t even cover the bread used daily and in religious ceremonies!
Just think, you could make almond butter, kourambiethes, seasoned snacks, and more from your own home grown almonds. You’ll even get beautiful blossoms and feed the bees, to boot!
With summer officially here, the stone fruit season is now seriously underway. Apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, and all the hybrids in between, are dropping off trees and showing up in markets. Gobble them up now, they don’t last long!
If you grow light colored flowers, you may have noticed this lovely little critter chewing holes in them in the spring. How sweet of them.
My parents have fruit trees. They are prolific producers. We have fruit trees. They, too, are prolific producers. Great! Not so fast.
We grow three varieties of plums in our yard. Needless to say, when we have a good year we are swimming in plums. This was a good year.