Apples we are eating: Jazz Apples

Jazz Apple
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

NZ Gardener Magazine: Apples

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…
NZ Gardener - April 2014
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Restocking the pantry with a trip to the Farmers Market

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.
Apples from Gisborne Farmers Market
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Genesis: the cross of two delicious apple varieties

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.
Genesis 1

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Lemonade: fizzy apples

A “new” apple

Lemonade Apples
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