According to the Department of Agriculture and Food "The south-west region has a temperate Mediterranean climate, suitable soils and availability of good quality, irrigation water which favours the production of high quality, flavoured and well coloured stone fruit". So how lucky are we!
Mixed in with that we also have strawberries, blueberries, grapes, cherries, rhubarb, bananas, apples.... No wonder I love the fruits of summer!
hmm...where are the strawberries! We haven't grown strawberries for years. At one time we used to go out to a strawberry garden just out of Bunbury where you could "pick your own" (tastings allowed). We used to pick a few kilo, eat them fresh and make strawberry jam - so delicious straight from the vine.
We only have a small back garden, but we have an apricot, lemon, and orange trees and two grape vines. And during summer a few tomato plants. Below you can see our trees. On the RHS of the top picture you can see the net "structure" made from irrigation pipe that we put up over our apricot tree so that the birds don't take all our fruit. The apricots are usually finished by mid-January, so then we take the net off and put it over our grape vine (LHS). It is the only way we can keep the birds away, but still they manage to find little holes to come through.
So from apricot flowers to fruit -
How about a beautiful apricot dessert -
This one has Tiramisu mixture on the top -
or a delicious apricot and almond dessert slice with cream. I made this with home bottled apricots, you can see them in the background.
Recipe compliments of Tartlette - go here for the link - Apricot & almond tart
And of course you can't forget the jam making
So there you have it. The fruits of summer. Do you have fruit trees growing in your back yard?
Next week I will come back and tell you about the grape jam making - it is a tradition in our family.
Until then...... I'm having breakfast on my patio with the travel section of the newspaper while I dream about our next holiday. Have a wonderful week. I look forward to hearing from you.
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