Friday, 28 December 2012

Gleeful gleaning

I have been at it again - gleaning fruit. On the way back from a trip to the 'Waste Recovery Centre' (such a polite phrase), I spied it  - a tree with yellow-orange fruit.  Hmm, ripe apricots I thought and we did a 'u-ee' and climbed the steep grassy slope between the tree and the roadside. There on the side of the road was not an apricot, but a lovely yellow plum. Again the hat was deployed as picking bag.


The fruit were tiny again, just like the last glean of plums. They were totally ripe and a wonderful combo of sweetness and tartness.  I picked only a small amount - the tree was quite small and this is enough anyway, leave some for others and the birds I say.


But what to make? - they needed to be cooked right away so ripe they were. I decided to stew them but, because they were so small, I decided to stew them right down into a purée.


Normally I like chunks in my stewed fruit but cooking it right down made it easier to remove the pips and the skins. I  now have about 3 cups of this golden essence of yellow plum now tucked away in the freezer for an upside-down pudding  for winter warming.

Now I know I should be very grateful for whatever fruit I find on my gleaning trips, but I am looking forward to finding an apricot or a nectarine soon -  I have to keep looking.

8 comments:

  1. Those plums look delicious! I have a tree out back that used to produce such plums but it is so old now, it doesn't fruit at all, which is such a shame. Ditto for a couple of red cherry plum trees. They have given up producing too but they provide shade in appropriate places so they are staying put. Besides, they'd cost me a fortune to remove!

    That essence looks yum and perfect for a pudding.

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    1. I cant wait for cooler weather. It hasnt gone below 30 for days!

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  2. I'm eagerly awaiting the plums on mums trees - they are red varieties but I will make sure I put a few aside for pudding for winter.

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  3. Lovely! What a gorgeous colour too! Good luck finding an apricot or nectarine, there must be one somewhere...

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    1. I am loving the colour! I will keep hunting.

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  4. Good job Louise. I can just imagine a delicious pudding already. Fruit gifts are great and makes whatever you eat all the more tasty

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    1. Cant wait to make it - too hot here now!

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