I think I say this quite a lot this time of year but it’s been a big week! Sam and I managed a few days off over Christmas/NYE which meant picking up the slack this week. It’s a strange year with most varieties ripening early and some completely out of the general order that i’ve seen in the past. We’re (mostly) keeping on top of it and trying to squeeze in some time for a weekly yoga session to keep ourselves limber. This week’s box is a very rewarding result of our collective energy.
You’ve got: Pizzaz plums, which one member reported made some excellent jam; Rival apricots, which will need a little more ripening at room temp; Moorpark, which ripen from the inside so they are more ripe than they appear (they are the ones with a but of speckling on the skin); delicious Red Haven peaches, which are really good quality this year; and Queen Giant nectarines, which were not as satisfying to harvest…
Unfortunately the Queen Giants were affected by leaf curl and insect damage so they don’t quite live up to their name however the flavour is still nice and if all else fails just throw them in a pot and stew them up for breakfast or desserts. They are a ‘clingstone’ variety so don’t try to to get the flesh to come off the stone cleanly – it will need to be chopped off with a knife.
What’s in the box?
- Peaches – Red Haven
- Apricots – Rival
- Plums – Pizzaz
- Apricots – Moorpark
- Nectarines – Queen Giant
Total value 3kg: $29
Total value 4.5kg: $46
See here for descriptions and tasting notes on some of the varieties.