Sunday, May 30, 2010

The crab apple tree is flowering this year. I call it the humming tree because it´s filled with thousands of bumblebees and solitary bees now.


I remember when fruit was a seasonal thing. Clementines could be bought around christmas and only then. First came the sorts with lots of seeds in them, then the sort called Satsumas and they were seedless and my favourites. Not because seeds disturbed me but for the taste. After that came the clementines from Morocco that sort of were a sort in between.


We throw our half eaten apples all around us and I´ve noticed that my county is filled with apple trees from our thrown apples :-)



The pines are also flowering now, lots of people will get allergick problems now.


Grapes and melons were avalible during summer and autumn. Mostly it was water melons but now and again some other sort came along. Peaches and nectarines came late summer. Apples oranges, lemons and bananas were all year around though.








Things like papaya, mango, lime and other tropical fruits was something one could read about and perhaps eat if one travelled abroad and most didn´t back then. I remember the first kiwi fruit I ever saw. It was my aunt that brought it to my grandmothers house so we all could taste it. We stared at it for a long time wondering if it really was edible. It´s hairy my grandmother said and poked at it :-) My aunt then told us that we had to peel it. Unfortunally the fruit wasn´t ripe and I think it was one of the most sour things I´ve ever tried. It took several years until I tried it again :-) :-) :-)







Bitter Vetchling, a perennial relative to the sweet pea.


Nowdays we get these different fruits all year long and have become a bit fussy to be honest. The fruit mustn´t be to young nor to old and that is my luck. I love bananas that has started to turn brownish in the skin, those bananas are almost impossible to sell. So when I come to the grocery store in Gudhem they always ask if I want those and also if I want some other fruits that has become a couple of seconds to old to sell. So at the moment I´m eating some clementines, bananas and a couple of apples They are perhaps not beautiful to look at, but taste soooo delicious :-) :-)






After my fruit eating I´ll make a pot of tea and then perhaps take a little nap :-)

Have a great day now!








18 comments:

splendid said...

thanks so much for the beautiful photos this morning Christer~ it is very interesting to learn about new things, i remember we used to get an ornage in the foot of our stocking on St Nicholas day Dec 6th and it was quite a prize!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

hi christer....i am the opposite of you when it comes to fruit. i always like mine a bit under ripe! if a banana has a brown spot on it i won't eat it. i am very allergic to kiwis too. we are in for another very hot day. 90 degrees! this is just awful. i need to water my gardens all the time now. my tomatoes are getting very tall already. i am about to bake cherry pies. then i plan on trying to stay cool! joyce

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Splendid!
I´m glad that You like them :-)

I grew up in the town where most imported fruit came with the big boats, so there were always lots of fruit of the season there. This was from the late sixties. I do remember bananas, oranges and clementines in a big basket on christmas eve though.
Have a great day now!
Christer.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Joyce!
The only fruit I want a bit under ripe is the Granny Smith apple, if not I don´t even look at it. Otherwise the more ripe the better :-)

People allergic to Kiwi over here usually has problems with birch pollen too, do You have it like that too? But then again, birches are probably the most common trees we have here.


Cold here again today, we have barly reached 61F now and water is plenty here. The bog and the creeks are almost over full now. I´ll try to send some of our weather tu You. It sure sounds as You need it badly!
Take care in the heat now!
Christer.

Zoey and Me said...

I love fruit and was sooo happy to see the local farmers market opened again, first time last Thursday. I bought watermelon and home grown tomatos and ate three of them that day they were so tasty. Yum. I cut up the watermelon last night to keep refrigerated. I'll take it with me to the pool party at my son's house tomorrow. Have a great weekend! It's a long one for us in the states, Memorial Day.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Z&M!
So they have already gotten crops! Over here everything just have started :-) :-)

I can imagine how tasty those tomatoes were and water melon is sooo good :-)
Have a great long weekend now!
Christer.

Sharlene T. said...

And, we're getting lots of rain...the gods need to coordinate...Christer, it is so good to have your pictures and postings, again. It's a great way to start my day. (Did you see the utility bill I posted while your computer was on the fritz?)

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Sharlene!
Yes someone should tel them to take a look of how they are doing their job :-) :-)

I´m glad that You like what I´m doing here :-)

No I didn´t, but I checked it out now instead (I decided it would be to much to get through if I should try to read all I missed during that time). What a difference!! I still haven´t found a solar owen over here, would be great to have one so I wouldn´t have to use the electric any time of the year.


Since I´m using my fire heated stove to help with heating during wintertime my electric bill already is very low, but a solar owen would make it even smaller and that is something I woul like a lot :-)
Have a great day now!
Christer.

Kat said...

Christer,
We used to laugh when my mother told us she got an orange in the toe of her Christmas stocking until she explained. It was a huge gift as oranges were so during the winter in those days. Fruit didn't come all year from around the world.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Kat!
Times really has changed! It was much the same for my mother, oranges were luxurious to get. Nowdays I think we can get anything whenever we wants to, if not the vulcanos on Icland starts again that is :-)

There´s one fruit I really wants to try though, that we seldom or never sees here, PawPaw. I´ve heard it is delicious. I had two small tress of it, but the climate is to hard here unfortunally.
Have a great day now!
Christer.

barazile, livpåIrland said...

Hej Christer!
Roligt med dina bilder idag och dina tankar kring frukt som går att ta tag i numera året runt. Det är detsamma med grönsaker, vi förväntar oss att kunna köpa paprika och sallatsblad året runt, även mitt i vintern...
Angående allergi, jag lider lite av pollenallergi varje april-maj, jag tror att det är björk då som orsakar det. Nyligen har jag också märkt att jag inte tål att äta råa äpplen och inte heller hasselnötter. Det kliar i halsen på mig annars... Det hör ihop på nåt sätt, har jag läst, min björkallergi och min äppleallergi...suck...
Annars vet jag inte om du läste min kommentar att jag hade valt att vidarebefordra en utmärkelse till dig och din blogg, på min blogg, maj 18e ungefär. Om du inte vill ha med utmärkelser att göra, så går det bra för mig, du kanske inte tycker om sånt, jag ville bara påminna dig om det...
dåså,
fina blommor som vanligt...
liz

LC said...

I've just discovered your blog and the beautiful countryside and surroundings that you so splendidly portray through your photos... very beautiful indeed! Larry

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Tjänare Liz!
Ja, de hänger ihop. Björken och äpplet alltså. Men kan du då äta tillagade äpplen? som äpplepaj till exempel?

Ja kanske det egentligen är ännu tydligare med grönsaker. De är ju ofta ännu känsligare att frakta långa sträckor.

Visst läste jag din kommentar, men har helt glömt bort den igen :-) Jag blir alltid lika glad när jag får en utmärkelse, men har alltid hemska problem med att sända dem vidare. Skall kolla in den igen :-)
Ha det gott!
Christer.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Larry and welcome to my blog!

Thank You! I´m so glad You like it!
Have a great day and welcome back!
Christer.

Kat said...

Christer,
I first ate the pawpaw in Africa. It was called the amazing pawpaw as it could be used to tenderize meat, in a pie, as a fruit or as a vegetable. The pie I made tasted just like apple.

Here they're called papaya. They're smaller and don't taste as sweet.

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Kat!
PawPaw is actually an american fruit that is said to be fantastic. The papayas we can buy here is rather tasteless to be honest, but I have eaten them on The Canary islands too and they were really sweet :-)
Have a great day now!
Christer.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

overripe banana's are wonderful for banana bread. You should try it sometime since you like overripe banana's. :) Add walnuts!!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Hi Mona!
I´ve never eaten Banana bread. Don´t even have a recipe. I have to admit that I not even heard any sweed I know to have tried it. But it sounds delicious in my ears since I love bananas :-)
Have a great day now!
Christer.