Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Productive Day

The vacation in the tropics proved unpredictable. There were hurricane warnings ('Hurricane Debbie' missed us), there were tropical storms, there were sightings of iguanas, crocodiles, sea turtles, and pelicans. A fruit I had never heard of before was introduced: Spanish Lime, aka Ganepa. These are small green fruits that when opened reveal a luscious interior the color of pale pink. They taste similar to a lychee. They are neither 'Spanish' nor 'lime'. Go figure. They come from Jamaica & are intriguing but will have to wait for another time before Pink Slip Jam experiments with their kind.

Meanwhile, the berries were ripening & flourishing in Portland & yesterday was the first trip out to Sauvie Island for raspberry picking. We picked 14 pounds of Toulameen raspberries in under an hour! Gorgeous, huge, tasty berries that will go into In the Pink jam today! The berries are combined with rhubarb (from our garden), and rose geranium syrup. It's a lush concoction that is so very 'Summer', in a Pacific Northwest way. It's a long way from the tropics, but every bit as exotic! No iguanas, crocodiles, or mosquitoes to be found on our own Sauvie Island! Home Sweet Home!

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