Wednesday, July 1, 2009
The Fruits (and Veggies) Of My Labor
This year I am growing three kinds of tomatoes and red peppers. There is absolutely nothing more delicious or flavorful than homegrown tomatoes; ones that are store-bought don't even come close. Other fruits and herbs I have in my garden are "Gordon" apples, white figs, basil, rosemary, two kinds of thyme, mint, (all I need is parsley and sage and I can go to Scarborough Fair!), and blackberries. All the fruits and veggies are at different stages of becoming ripe; I've had a couple of tomatoes already and lots of basil. I love putting it in anything I can! One of my favorite summertime sandwiches is Horizon low-fat cream cheese, tomato, basil, and some Garlic & Herb Mrs. Dash. Can you say "Yum"?! Cream cheese and cucumber is also very good. I'm hoping that I can harvest my blackberries when they ripen before the squirrels or birds get to them. I had one lolely little blackberry that was almost ripe and "somebody" got to it before I could! I'm hoping that won't happen this time; we'll see. The apples are so good in pies - my mom bakes a mean apple pie! I need to get her recipe and try making one this summer. I'm not quite sure how I'm going to get those apples at the top of the tree - it will be "interesting" to say the least! My brother's birthday is in September and he always requests mom's apple pie for his birthday dessert. I must say that it is a little difficult to put candles in pie crust!
My father planted the fig tree from a cutting that my uncle gave to him. Figs are not my favorite (it's a texture thing), but I have quite a few friends that like them so I will be able to indulge them with figs this summer. I think I may try finding recipe to bake some fig-type bars or cookies.
Do you have any fruits, veggies or herbs growing, and if so, which ones?