Sunday saw us tangling with the undergrowth to pick our first batch of apples this Summer. I’ve been keeping a close eye on the ripening progress of our ‘wild’ apples. There are several old apple trees on some land nearby to us that is sadly destined for ‘development’, but this year at least we will be picking the fruit as usual.
We’ve had lots of fun apple-picking with our boys over the years. They still love the excuse to climb into the trees, while I stand below to catch the apples as they’re tossed in my direction – good job we’ve played a lot of cricket too 😉
Some of the apples will be added to some of my previously-picked-and-frozen raspberries to make delicious homemade jam.
Some more apples will be added to the next fruit on my Summer fruit-picking timetable too – rowanberries.
Bunches of these bright orange-red berries decorate the rowan trees in late Summer. Rowanberry jelly is another preserve I like to make each Summer to my own recipe. Chopped apples are part of my rowanberry jelly mixture. I love the colour of this jelly … and the taste!
Fruit harvesting is a regular part of Summer and early Autumn for our family. We are fortunate to be able to forage for several wild and semi-wild fruits in our local area. Raspberries, apples, rowanberries … then the next on my list will be blackberries, which are just beginning to ripen in sunny spots here and there.
The theme for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is Earth or Harvest Season. Harvest for me means reaping the fulfilment of the promises of Spring in the bounty of Summer and Autumn, when the earth and the sun have done their work. As well as fruit foraging to feed ourselves, we also always make sure we leave plenty for the animals and birds who rely on Nature’s harvest too.
J Peggy Taylor