This is a photo of my monkey sorting through the bountiful harvest we picked from our neighbours yard.
We picked peaches, pears, Asian pears and limes.
The peaches were sweet and the limes juicy. Both pear varieties were hard yet flavorful.
We tried to make as many creative things as possible this weekend using our fresh harvest.
Here are some of our creations:
Asian pears with cinnamon sticks, sugar and one granny smith apple- boiled down and strained to make a tasty cider. In this photo is was almost all finished- All four of us said Yum!
Lime-o-ade: a bunch of limes halved (with peel on), a bunch of mint from our garden, boiled down and sugar added at the end- This makes a very pungent syrup which tastes great mixed with water OR vodka.
I used a metal potato masher to squeeze the remaining juice from the limes and mint when straining.
This is a close up of pear pizza.
I sauteed pears in butter with a sprinkle of sugar to brown them. Then added a little tomato sauce, feta cheese, caramelized onions and rosemary from our garden.
The most time consuming was the peaches-
We made peach jam and peach chutney.
I know that in some states fruit found on branches that over-hang onto public space are free 'game' for the picking- I also know that there are many people who have fruit bearing trees that either don't harvest them or have more then they can use. I am still looking for a friend with a fig tree!?
Do you have access to fruit trees?