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29 April 2016

Seasonal challenge: Fruit

There are very slim pickings at this time of year when it comes to fruit that's genuinely in season. Apparently the UK strawberry season officially starts on 1 May, but I don't expect to see any on the allotment till June. Similarly, thoughts of other relatively early fruit - cherries, gooseberries & redcurrants - might as well be put-off for another month at least. We should have some harvestable rhubarb, but for some reason, it's got stuck at around 4" tall and is refusing to grow any further (can't say I blame it with the recent Arctic winds & pelting hail). And I'm refusing to pay Yorkshire forcing prices. So, where does that leave us with any attempted seasonal eating? - probably with fruit that's been prepared and stored in some way. Last year we invested in a dehydrator to process the deluge of windfall apples that wouldn't otherwise keep. The dried apple has been a breakfast addition since the stored apples ran out at the end of December. Verdict: it's better than I thought it would be! Today we'll also be eating fruits of the freezer - a mix of redcurrants, blackcurrants, raspberries & blackberries.
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