Some apples are ready as early as late summer and some as late as early winter, but autumn is really apple season. Heading into mid-Winter, while there are still plenty of apples available, some are past their eating best. So what are we eating…..Jazz apples. Continue reading
Magazine issue – NZ Gardener, April 2014
One of the best parts of Autumn is magazines full of recipes of autumnal produce. Especially apples, but also pears and rhubarb, Feijoa and pomegranates.
One magazine I continue to buy despite our section slowly succumbing to our inactivity (we’re great armchair gardeners) is the New Zealand gardener. I love the gardening tips, the vegetable gardening tasks, the recipes…
Saturday Farmers Market
Saturdays are home days – days I try not to leave the house, days where my hair can frizz up and not bother anyone, least of all me. But then Miss M, who had a lunch date with the three J’s (a lot of her school mates seem to have names beginning with J (or G which is almost the same)), asked for a lift into town (it was raining). If I had to go out I may as make the most of it and go to the Gisborne Farmers Market and buy some supplies.
Weather-wise, Autumn is my favourite time of the year. Early Autumn, the days bud a little chilly and bloom into clear sunny blue-skies. Happy, cheerful March days full of promise.
Fruit-wise, it is a little sad to say goodbye to the delicious stone-fruit season. Late peaches are harder to find and plums are getting more scarce. The upside is new season apples flooding the markets.
A “new” apple
Mads and I popped into the supermarket to grab a few things when these funny shaped apples caught my eye. They were elongated pale green apples with faint yellow-red patches. A little bit like Golden Delicious but more green than yellow. The shape was long kind of a like Red Delicious but without the ribs. Inspection of the fruit sticker identified these as Lemonade – a variety I had not heard of. And so we picked through the bin and chose four pristine specimens to try. Continue reading