As promised, this week brings a medley of plums but don’t underestimate the humble plum (or ‘plumbles’ as I like to call them). Each plum brings a new flavour/texture combo that suits the varied palettes of our CSA community. The Angelina should be eaten first (a relatively firm fragrant morsel), to allow the greengage time to fully soften to a greeny-yellow caramel-flavoured delight. Finally, the Mariposas can be eaten firm for those that enjoy the tart/bitter skin or left until the colour deepens and the flavour develops into sugary juicy goodness – you should be well acquainted with them now.
If you haven’t seen my post about Queensland Fruit Fly making an appearance on the farm, go ahead and check that out so that you know what to do if any affected fruit makes it through to your boxes. My policy is that no affected fruit will leave the farm but it is very difficult to tell from the outside if fruit has been damaged (depending on the extent), however it would be terrible to see the rest of my harvest go to waste if the majority of it is still totally fine.
Any fruit that has been harvested after the fly’s first appearance is being stored in the chiller for two weeks. This is enough to kill any larvae which means there should be no risk of spreading the fly. It also means that your fruit will not be as fresh and that I’ve got a whole bunch of beautiful peaches that i can’t deliver to you this weekend! They’ll still be fine by the time they go in your boxes so you’ve got them to look forward too.
Ps. Please don’t forget to return your boxes so I can re-use them.