Thursday, July 09, 2009

Food For Thought.


Food for thought, or thoughts of food. It is a fabulous sunny Winter day, so for my exercise I did one final sweeep of all the Kiwifruit blocks. All the leaves are off now so any missed fruit are easy to see. The birds know too, but I don't grudge them some. It's a very long walk to go up and down all the rows, but the Kiwifruit that are picked now have had an 2 extra months of ripening and so are very sweet and tasty. ( like any fruit that are tree ripened )
While I was walking I got thinking about what other food we have grown ourselves is still available to us at this time of the year. More than I realise.
We still have Kiwifruit; Sapotes; Rhubarb and Lemons. Avocados ( but nearing the end of them ), Macadamia nuts; Walnuts. In the vege patch Spring Onions; Silverbeet; a few Beetroot and the very last Capsicums. In the herb garden after a severe haircut earlier the Mint has regrown, and Parsley; Thyme; Sage; Chives; Sugar plant; Muzuma and Marjoram. A few tiny lettuces. 15 pumpkins, stored in the spare shower.( along with all the Kiwis as it's cool there .)
There are still loads of Tomatoes in the freezer; frozen juice; pesto; and dips. We try and keep an inventory of what's in the freezer - just on a piece of card and add on and take off as things are used - it saves a lot of diving into the old chest freezer.
The things that we had but are finished and I miss most are the tomato sauce and potatoes.( we never seem to have enough of them ).
Leanne is working on her vege patch too and likes to grow lots of food for their family. They even have thier own meat.

7 comments:

Guðrún said...

What is a sugar plant, do you get sugar from it?

Ali Honey said...

No you don't get sugar from it. It is a salad plant that is incredibly sweet. Around here it mostly gets picked and chewed on the spot. I give it to any visiting kids to try and they are amazed how seeet it is. I don't know if it has another ( proper ) name.

Joyce said...

Kiwi fruit in our grocery store last week were 59 cents each and avocados were over a dollar. Here right now we are just waiting for the strawberries and raspberries to ripen.

kiwicarole said...

Hi Ali, isn't it rewarding to eat what you've grown! I love it.:)

YankeeQuilter said...

I now we are supposed to buy local but you may be glad to hear kiwis are one of my guilty pleasures...used some last night in the fruit salad with the last of my strawberries...

Ali Honey said...

That is great news for us - folk overseas buying Kiwis. We need that, so keep up the good work.( they may not always be from NZ - with a Zespri sticker )Sometimes even with a Zespri sticker they may not be the real thing. Some traders buy NZ fruit take off some of the stickers, then buy cheap Chilean fruit and add the saved stickers....we can but try - nice they want to copy us I guess.

Joyce that sounds a lot for one Kiwifruit but the avos are a similar price here too ( yours may come from California ? )

meggie said...

We bought some Avos for 69c ea, & thought they were a good buy! It does not seem fair, when they are grown locally as well.
I love my fresh herbs, & we are about to try some lettuce varieties so we can pick as we like.
We have lovely lemons this year- first time for 7 years!!