Originally Posted by LittleMissPurdy
I learn something new everyday here..thank you so much for opening yet another door into the unknown!! hahaha, cause you don't know-what you don't know
Now I know what medlars are & you can make them into jelly...going to have to give this plant a thought, doesn't seem to need too much care and is pretty hardy....got the old-gray matter juices flowing!!
I made jam this year for the first time ever..hahaha, with all the canning I have done & never to have done -up jam..anyway..I put up Barberry jam...yep, you can make jam from Barberries, just might want to be careful as to how much you eat cause it 'could' cause a little digestive irritation, but I tell ya what..it is good!!
My father gave me a book .. edible plants of PA...very good book..I am looking to do even more with the new found knowledge next year!
I found a recipe for medlar jam and a secondary recipe to make a medlar cheesecake from the pulp leftover from the jam (a 2 for 1 type recipe). Probably will be the weekend until I get to try anything since some need bletted yet. I'll let you know how it turns out.
My hubby loves planting old (heritage) plants and trees that most people have never heard of. We have over 125 fruit and nut trees on our property that we planted in a little less than 6 years since we purchased it. I jar as much as I can because I hate to loose what we've worked so hard to grow and what I don't jar we ferment into wine. We have quite a wine cellar too.
We have apples, pears, plums, quinces, medlars, apricots, pawpaws, peaches, persimmons, grapes (not included in the 125 number), hops, elderberries, kiwis, raspberries, blackberries, currants, gooseberries, etc. I would need to pull out our mapping grid to include everything because there is just too much to remember. All this plus the chickens, turkeys and ducks.
Here's another strange one to look into that we grow and provides a delicious little fruit: Akebia