Our fruit bowl is getting more adventures. Early this new year, we have custard apple, passion fruit, mangoes, kiwi, several types of citrus fruits such as lemon, lime orange, grapefruit and nectarine.
We also have persimmon, which is apparently also called Sharon fruit. Its scientific name is Diospyros Kaki. This fruit is often seedless and sweet. It can be eaten as a whole fruit; there is no need to peel it (but you can of course, if you wanted to.)
Sharon fruit can be eaten fresh, or cooked (in a pie) and even preserved.
Its orange colouring shouts richness in beta carotene and it is actually is a good source.
Pomelo is called suha in Tagalog and dogmon in Ilocano.
It is 3 to 4 times the size of a grapefruit and can be as big as a melon. In fact pomelo is the largest citrus fruit that it has acquired a scientific name of citrus maxima or citrus grandis.
Pomelo is closely related to the grapefruit, but I actually prefer suha as I find grapefruit can be rather bitter.
The pomelo tree can grow really tall and when it flowers, the little cluster of white blossoms has the most fragrant smell.
Pomelo is rich in vitamin C. Really juicy and when fully ripen in the tree, it can be very sweet.
But I actually love a pomelo that it still just before it truly ripen. I love the slight sour taste which a little sprinkle of salt will activate the salivary gland. Just thinking of this now makes my mouth water. Actually I prefer when the flesh of the pomelo is left to steep in a dish of slightly salty vinegar. Delicious.
Suha, photo by Ruben Ortega
The juicy flesh here is pink but suha can also be yellowish white.
When we were both still gainfully employed, 😉 it was hard to maintain our fairly long back garden, where the lawn must be mowed, the bushes regularly trimmed, the pond life fed, the garden furniture repaired, etc., the list went on. We, therefore, paved over parts of it, but still kept some smaller flower& plant beds and a good size lawn.
A good idea in any size garden is to use plant pots or troughs to grow plants, flowers and vegetables.
Some of the larger pots are fitted with small wheels (like castors) on the base.
This means that we can easily move large plants, such as the tomato plants, to follow the sun as it moves, to maximise exposure to the light and heat.
This spring, and as in previous years, Jean & I decided to try and grow some tomato plants in three of our large pots. Tomatoes are quite inexpensive and plentifully sold in shops and supermarket during the summer, but growing your own has its own reward. You can be sure of the freshness and they seem to taste better 🙂
This year’s weather has been mixed in London & SE England.
A rarely frozen and wet winter was followed by rain alternating with hot sunny days in summer, extending well into September. This combination has resulted in a nice crop of tomatoes. some have ripened and hopefully the others will soon as well.
Our two potted small apple trees have produced their ripe fruit nearly a month early this year.
They are ‘Jonagold’ apples, which are sweet and a little bitter to taste but simply delicious.
We found that If you have two potted apple trees, keep them near each other in order to get at least one good crop, this helps cross fertilisation from the bees etc.
We find each year that one tree produces more apples than the other.
However, this year both tree have a lot of apples, thanks to the weather.
We have one potted Conference variety pear tree, near the end of the garden, and as with the apple trees we also need to get another one as this lonely tree only produces a pair of pears each year.
Our wild blackberry bush has also produce a bounty of berries this year too!
We wonder if this year’s winter will be cold and wet again. Snow has not fallen to settle on the ground here in nearly the last two years, much to our grandson’s disappointment who is wishing of building a snowman in the garden!