When we moved in to our house, built in 1884, I envisioned years' worth of projects, yet none have been quite as satisfying as making use of our Italian prune plum & apple trees. Today we harvested many pounds of plums which were tuned into 1 case of Plum & Mustard Seed Chutney & another case of Chinese Plum Sauce (with ingredients you actually can pronounce!), There are enough leftover plums to make a plum crisp to boot!
Our apple tree is over 100 years old & we cannot for the life of us figure out what sort of apples we have. All we know is that we try valiantly to beat the squirrels to the best fruit. Sometimes we win. Often, we do not...while these may not be the best eating apples, they make fabulous juice & we have been juicing them with kale from our garden, ginger, limes, rhubarb from our garden, & some Trader Joe's frozen pineapple...sorta/kinda local and really a great way to get your day started. I am a big fan of using what you've got...so, look around! See what's ready for harvesting in your garden, on your street, or in your neighborhood. As for that Chinese Plum Sauce?? I'm referring to it as 'the new black'. It's that good. Honestly, I think it just may replace ketchup in this house!