26 July 2009

first figs

There are less than a dozen figs on our tree this year and the rain we have been having is making them swell and burst. So we had to eat them, didn't we?

We've also started to collect the mulberries that fall from the tree next door - because the tree is so tall, we have laid a sheet down on the ground, wait for them to fall, then gather them up in the evening. (I was despairing at the waste when I got this idea from Jane Grigson's Fruit Book. Yes, it was a doh! moment for me.) Mrs Grigson recommends using mulberries as you would blackberries, but they are much, much sweeter, softer and are very like those Meltis Newberry Fruit sweets that were always left over at Christmas.

Recipes most welcome.


kristina said...

I didn't know you could grow figs here in England. And I've never had a mulberry... K x

Anna said...

No recipes I'm afraid, but I'm very envious of your fig tree!

Anonymous said...

I am so jealous. Our figs are looking really puny this year. And our mulberry tree is only in its 3rd year and so we have a few years yet before we can expect fruit. Still, things to look forward to in 2012!

Happy belated birthday by the way. I got swine flu with knobs on and so have been largely out of it for the last fortnight.

Best wishes,


Liz said...

Ooh, lovely figs. They always remind me of holidays in the Greek islands. Haven't seen Newberry Fruits for years but they were always eaten in my family. By me, I think.

Rattling On said...

Leftover Newberry fruits? Not in our house. I still buy my sister a box every year she loves them. And marzipan fruits.
The figs look great. Couldn't grow them here due to the lack of decent weather, your picture is good as well.

colleen said...

Ah - the nostalgia of the Newberry fruit!

Joan - sorry you have been so poorly.

I hope you have plenty of room for that mulberry. The one next door to us blocks out all of the summer sun in our garden after about 11am - it is nearly as high as our house. the mulberries are good though.