Autumn arrives

Having just finished the summer bottling, we had a day off and went to visit Momma Snail. Imagine my delight to be offered some of her windfall apples – a sure sign that autumn is on the way and that the next big job will be bottling and juicing apples. On returning home I went to check our tiny apple tree and realised that several of the branches were under severe strain with this year’s crop, so I relieved it of some of the weight and picked up a single windfall. These are all destined to become juice – possibly apple and blackberry juice if I can find the time to go for a walk to pick blackberries.

And whilst I was in the mood for harvesting, I picked some of our chillies:

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Clockwise from left: Yellow Romanian; Pyramid; Lemon Drop; Black Hungarian

There are lots more to come. In particular, the Pyramid chillies are only just starting to ripen up, although the plants are laden with fruit. I have picked some of the Black Hungarians before they turn red as we really liked the flavour at this stage. Preservation for all these is easy – I simply freeze them whole. I’ve tried drying them in the past, but I much prefer using them from the freezer – plump and juicy and easy enough to chop/remove seeds immediately you take them out.

Are you seeing signs of autumn or are you in a place to see signs of spring?

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  1. Lovely produce you have there. This morning there were cobwebs everywhere covered in rain drops, sure sign we have reached late Summer.

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  2. Laurie Graves

     /  August 22, 2017

    Wonderful bounty! In Maine, the apples aren’t quite ripe, but soon.

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  3. Murtagh's Meadow

     /  August 22, 2017

    Yes very autumnal here too – have been eating early apples for couple of weeks now. But it is more the weather that has a definite autumn feel to it! Love the colour of your chillies!

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  4. Daffodils here, cherry blossoms, earlier and later light and rising warmth…….. Happy dance! ❤

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  5. Neither! It’s still the Dry, and the Wet won’t start for a couple of months… And when I say dry, I mean very, very dry. All the grass is brown, the soil is dust, and they’re talking about a potentially catastrophic bush fire season… The farmers want just a bit of rain – too much and they won’t be able to finish harvesting the cane because the machinery will get bogged. On the upside, the mango trees in the back yard have more flowers on them than I’ve ever seen!

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  6. Definitely feeling autumnal here, I’ve been making chutney (8 jars today) and we’ve had some windfall apples too.

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  7. Like others, we’ve had windfall apples. I was surprised to find them on the ground so early, wondering if perhaps I’d knocked them off. Mind you, I do need to prune the tree as its low branches are making it difficult to get to the bins!

    How do you juice your apples? I’m interested to know how you make apple and blackberry juice.

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  8. A few leaves are starting to turn here. I love fall, but winters are hard.

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  9. It’s still summer here, but we are having a cool spell with some drier air. Nice. I suppose I could say it feels like late September, but I’m not ready for that yet!

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  10. Apples! Do you have any best practice methods for canning apples? We haven’t hit the fall weather yet. It still 90 degrees high and 80 degrees low. Hmm… I never knew you could just freeze peppers.

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    • I cook my apples until soft, then put them hot into hot preserving jars (mine are Kilner jars, in the US it would be Ball jars), top up with a little water or light syrup to within an inch or less of the top, then heat them in a boiling water bath for 40 minutes.

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