Not actually strawberries but the fruits of the strawberry tree, which is not the same thing.
They aren’t especially nice to eat.
But I’m still very glad that our strawberry tree has brought some fruit to full ripeness for the first time.
This is piece of the ‘rocciata’ which our neighbour gave us.
Here I’ve served it with custard.
Rocciata is a delicious treat typical of All Hallows and All Saints.
I would never have imagined grapes could be so many colours.
Some of the ones we’ve used aren’t ripe, which means they’ve started off green or pinkish, but then the heating brings out a whole range of additional shades.
It’s like a pirates’ chest of jewels.
This basket represents the last of the pears.
They’re extremely heavy – I could scarcely carry them.
Last night we stewed pears and used up almost all the rest of our containers putting them to freeze so goodness knows what we’ll do with this lot.
But stewed pears are definitely the best.
This is the second pan of grapes being heated in order to make juice.
We then freeze the pure, antioxidant-rich juice to have in the winter as a real treat.
These will be the main ingredients for our stewed fruit, along with the odd few apples and early pears.
Mixing fruit like this means we take everything in, but it’s a challenge coming up with a half-way accurate (and brief) label!
This prolific apple tree makes an attractive background to our double-headed lantern.
It’s a show rather than eat tree because its apples aren’t at all nice (and we have plenty that are).
In fact it’s rather hazardous because the fallen apples turn up everywhere and skid under the feet like ball bearings.