Allotment harvest and winter fruit

Okay, it’s a bit late, but this is the first chance I’ve had to get round to showing what we took off the plot the day we went to plant strawberries. There are celeriac, parsnips, leek, kale and a summer cabbage (the last of them, and very slug damaged on the outside) which we took home. The celeriac we made into soup and a celeriac and potato mash to go with sausages, the parsnips were also souped, the leek we had in a stir fry with the kale and the cabbage is going into puff pastry to become a lovely pie (better than it sounds, I promise you).

One thing this haul made clear to me is that Britain is not a great place for winter fruit. I really want to get more late season and early season fruits onto the plot so we can have fresh fruit all year round, so I’ve been browsing James McIntyre for ideas. I think gooseberries and craneberries sound great, and at least I can get them into the freezer for use in the fruit-free months.

What do you grow as winter fruit, I wonder?

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Friday, November 13, 2009


OpenID said...

I have gooseberry bushes but that's about it...and they don't grow in the we have fruits that grow in the winter???

November 13, 2009 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Z said...

I don't grow any winter fruit, but I do store them, such as apples and pears. I've never tried, but I remember reading Percy Thrower's memoirs years ago and he said that as a lad working on a big country estate, grapes were stored by cutting with a long stalk which were put into bowls of water. Apparently, they kept for some weeks.

November 14, 2009 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Tanya, no they don't - I'm struggling to find any winter-growing fruit at all.

Z - that's very interesting. I wonder if it works with other fruit too, like currants?

November 17, 2009 at 9:33 AM  

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