Monday, October 5, 2009

All About Grapes and then some....

The grape harvest was great this year! Purple Concords....delectable Himrods...and what's the black ones?....oh yeah...blackberries. What? Blackberries aren't grapes.
This is my winning combination for the most DELICIOUS juice ever!
My garden may have looked awful this year despite my good intentions to weed it but the fruits of the vine were fantastic as always. I love fruit. Easy to care for. No Weeding. Just pluck and eat.
Here's some pics of the grapes growing.
First the concords.

They're like jewels hanging from above.

The Himrod vines are 30 yrs old and stretch out 40 ft long and 10 feet up
forming a gorgeous wall hiding undesirables from the front yard...i.e. cars, junk, etc.
Talk about useful landscaping.

I didn't get a picture of the blackberries but I have 6 THORNLESS blackberry
plants that produce a mountain of berries every year. They grow in a fountain
shape and the runners are 10 to 15 feet long which drape over a fence.
I'm really turned on to the idea of an edible yard.
There are so many plants that look good in a landscaping
and are so darn delicious to eat! But I digress.
To make delicious juice you have to extract the juice from the grapes and berries.
I happen to have this terrific steam juicer. It has three layers. The bottom holds the
water, the middle collects the juice, and the top is where you dump the grapes.
There's a spigot which you open up to put the collected juice into the jar.
Voila! Super easy! This doesn't work for apples though. gross.

Then all you do is put a cap on the jar and water bath the jars. I canned 45 quarts of juice.
Now something very yummy to do with this grape/berry combo is
to make syrup for pancakes/waffles. I like to put my syrup
on greek yogurt.

If you've never had greek yogurt you must give it a go!
I'm addicted to it! It has the texture of sour cream.

I also canned 85 quarts of pears and 95 quarts of peaches again this year.
The pears from the LDS farm and the peaches from Harry and David orchards.
I used OREGOLD this year. My favorite peach now and forever. At least for now.
Here's the munchkins enjoying the peaches.

To my edible forest (I live in the forest hence the name) I've added
a Taro plant and Elderberries and a lemon tree. I made some elderberry juice and syrup also handpicked
from the mountains. I thought...geesh....why not grow my own?
I also grow raspberries and strawberries.
I have plans for more fruit too!
I want everyone to start thinking of where they live. What kind of
landscaping do you have? How can I make this landscaping edible?
Tomatoes in the flowers? Squash in the front yard? Columnar apple trees
standing like soldiers by the front door? Many fruits these days are geared
for growing in pots. And geared for small plots. Get creative!


Sutherlands said...

Oh what beautiful pictures! You have me thinking now...what can I grow to make my little plot more edible. I like the idea of fruit trees in pots. Then I can easily take them with me when we move. Great post! Thanks for sharing! Cute munchkins too!

Dan said...

Lots food yummy stuff to eat.