7.11.2011

Fruit trees...

fruit
We had our final walk-through at the farm yesterday and (I'm going to say this really quietly so I don't jinx it) we're scheduled to close today at 12:30. While we were there, PRH gathered fruit from several of the trees on the property. We can identify almost all of it, but does anyone know what this is (photo directly below)? One person suggested crab apple (seems too small), someone else said hackberries (?)...

fruitWe know these are apples...

fruitthese are wild grapes...

fruitmore apples...

fruitThe farm has been abandoned for several years, so none of the fruit trees have been properly maintained. We even found an orchard on the edge of the yard that's completely grown over! I have a feeling I'm going to have to learn how to can this year. Raise your hand if you have experience with canning. Any suggestions or book recommendations?

19 comments:

Jane Flanagan said...

You should check out Katy Elliott's canning posts.

I love these photos!

Becky said...

Not completely certain...but I think those ARE crabapples...which come in a whole slew of sizes and colors. My neighbors have a hackberry...and the leaves on yours are different.

Regarding canning (and freezing, and general "putting away", I think about it every year, but have yet to try. Still, I read all about it on Margaret Roach's blog. She has great tips and links here: http://awaytogarden.com/?atg-search=blog&s=canning&x=19&y=12 I've also heard Ashley English's books on canning, home dairy, beekeeping, etc. are good.

Anna said...

My Grandma is the queen of all canning. My shelves are stocked with her mason jars full of veggie soup, green beans, and anything else you could think of.
what do you want to can? i'll email you some of her secrets :)

greta said...

I'm pretty sure that is a crabapple. My parents have them growing on their property. I believe they are a smaller ornamental hybrid.

Mrsink said...

That is like my husband's dream...to have yard full of fruit trees. How cool is it that you found a forgotten orchard! I love it. So glad to hear things are moving along with the closing (said quietly so as not to jinx it!)

Melissa Haworth said...

Canning is so fun! Looks like you'll have tons of apples and applesauce is my favorite thing to can plus easy plus we ALWAYS eat all of it (not so with jam).

For apple sauce: get an apple peeler/corer/slicer (I see these at the thrift store a lot) and do as many apples as your pot will hold. Add a bit of water to prevent scorching and cook on medium low until totally smushy. Smash with potato masher (for chunky sauce) put in some lemon juice to boost acidity and cinnamon if you like it. I don't add sugar but your could. Put in jars and hot water bath process per any online/cookbook instructions.

I also like the book Small Batch Preserving but looks like you'll have big batches of stuff.

Marisa said...

Not to be all self-promote-y, but I write a site called Food in Jars that's all about canning, preserving and squirreling away the goodness of the growing season. Swing by and feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions. My first book will be coming out next March (also called Food in Jars), so keep your eyes peeled (or let me know if I can put you on the press list!).

-Marisa

eatingmywaythroughtheblogosphere said...

Your Aunt Anna knows how to can and would love to come and teach you. I even have a wonderful little book for you called "The Green Thumb Preserving Guide". It's out of print now, I found an extra copy of it on eBay. I also use a book called Saving the Seasons, and my all time favorite is Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. Let me know when you want to make Ginger Pear Preserves, or homemade applesauce, apple butter, pumpkin butter...so many things to can, so little time. Love you lots!!!

leFiligree said...

these could be wild crabapples, which have smaller fruit than commercial crabapples. look into pyrus diversifolia.

crabapples make yummy jelly!

aesthetic surgeon singapore said...

i remember the time when i was a kid, we used to get to a garden that no one maintain, inside of it a lot of trees of different fruits, jackfruit,guava,tomato,mango.

:) i missed those days. :)

April said...

I'm fairly certain the unknown tree is a crabapple.

kelly ♥ said...

I think you would like this book - Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry. http://www.amazon.com/Canning-New-Generation-Flavors-Modern/dp/1584798645/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1310518426&sr=1-1

Chrysalis said...

We also inherited a mixed orchard with out antique farm. Suddenly we were in the fruit and berry business. Take a look at Well-Preserved by Mary Anne Dragan, Putting Food By- Janet Greene, and Small-Batch Preserving (Ellie Topp, I think. You can increase amounts in this one if you need to). Berry Bible is nice also if you find blueberries and raspberries in a fence row. Just a word of experience- don't feel like you must preserve every single bit of fruit. Friends and family will gladly come pick their own. Eventually complete strangers will pull over and offer to trade homemade butter for apples. Mmm, life is delicious.

The Lady Nomad said...

I love: Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry by Liana Krissoff

Unique recipes in small batchs, without too much added sugar - oh and the Brandied Cherries with Red Wine are divine!

mama river said...

The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook. It is so amazing!

Emma at The Marion House Book said...

These photos of your fruit trees are great. You're going to make some amazing jams and relishes on your new farm...I can just tell!

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

OK- the general consensus is crab apple and now, after we went back to look at the tree, I agree. Thank you all for the suggestions! Can't wait to get canning. Anyone want to come to a canning party? :)

x,
Abbey

Vicki @ Piccolo Takes All said...

I thought they looked like crab apples as well. My husband made a crab apple liquor a few years back. Very simple and yummy.

Jordan said...

Food in Jars is a pretty awesome canning site. In my opinion, you would probably do alright with any canning book. It seems to me that for the most part, the recipes are all the same with just little tweaks and eventually, you'll discover the way you like it best (more cinnamon, less sugar, etc). and you'll create your own recipe.

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