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12 June 2007

A few fruits

We have a bunch of fruit trees around Casa Crazy here, including grapefruit and oranges, mayhaw, guava, plums, pears, apples and pecans. We also have several kinds of oaks, and while they do produce a lot of fruit (acorns), we don't eat acorns so I don't really count them.

These are the two fig trees we have and some of the young figs on them. Unfortunately, we never seem to be able to beat the birds and the squirrels to the figs, although we keep trying. I think I may have eaten a dozen figs off both of these trees over several years.

But the peaches! We actually have four peach trees but they apparently have an arrangement worked out between them so that only one of them is producing at a time. This poor baby is the second to pop 'em out and unfortunately managed to overload herself this year - so much so that one of her limbs broke from the weight of peaches on it.

We're picking just as fast as we can but we can only deal with so many peaches at a time. From eating so many, we've all got peaches and cream complexions, but none of us look good with fuzzy orangey skin. Family, friends, neighbors and strangers at the mall have all just about reached peach saturation, too. I'd offer some to all y'all out there, but I happen to know that these peaches just don't last long after they're picked and they don't travel worth a shit. So I won't offer unless you want to come and pick 'em. FWIW, we end up creating a lot of sliced fruit with our big ole lawnmower every year but it's kinda fun to sling applesuace and acorns and peach pits across the yard when you're mowing the grass.

(Postscript: I forgot that we also have a lone baby avocado tree that just went in the ground, but she's several years away from producing any fruit.)

  • On 6/12/2007 5:22 PM, Blogger Hammer said…

    What about canning?

    Those look much better than the crap we have at the store.

  • On 6/12/2007 11:58 PM, Blogger cathouse teri said…

    I would so love some of those peaches!

  • On 6/13/2007 12:02 AM, Blogger cathouse teri said…

    Your fig trees remind me of a friend who was battling ovarian cancer. She wanted to plant a fig tree in her back yard. I said, "Do it!" She said, "But what if I die before it bears fruit?" I said, "What if you don't? Just do it!" She didn't. And then she died.

  • On 6/13/2007 7:51 AM, Blogger Jenn in Holland said…

    My grandpa used to call me his little peach.
    Though flinging pits through the lawnmower blades sounds like a great way to spend the summer, I gotta ask too, what about canning?

    That was my FAVORITE dinner when I was a kid. Homebaked bread and homecanned peaches. Drooling again now to think about it!

  • On 6/13/2007 10:32 AM, Anonymous Andy said…

    What a lusciously fruity blog entry! I loved reading this, you're so lucky to have such an abundance of bounty on your own land. And peaches? Oooh! My language is being talked. I love 'em! x

  • On 6/13/2007 11:16 AM, Blogger Jami said…

    We've done some peach and pear canning and mayhaw jelly-making in the past but they're all both time and labor intensive, as well as generating heat from the stove. Time seems to be in really short supply lately, so that's one reason we haven't gone the canning route. Also, now that summer has truly started here (night temp around 80F/26C, day temp around 100F/38C), we try to eliminate any extra heat source inside the house that we can, although we have discussed setting up shop on the propane-fired grill outside.

  • On 6/15/2007 9:10 AM, Blogger Sher said…

    Oh my lord, I LOVE figs. We used to have fig trees and I would eat them off the tree as fast as they'd ripen.


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