Sunday, 12 September 2010

Plums and tomatoes

I haven't been able to do much gardening this summer but I still have something to harvest. At the moment it is plums and tomatoes.

Four years ago I planted a small plum tree "Marjorie's Seedling" in the front garden. I have picked a few plums each year but this year the tree was very productive and I harvested almost 10 pounds of fruit. These have a lovely flavour fresh or stewed. Plums are now thought to be a "superfood" so as well as tasting good they have health benefits too.

My tomatoes have suffered from blossom end rot this year and many of the fruits have been affected but some plants have yielded perfect fruits. I have nine plants in pots on the patio. They get only a few hours sun a day and so ripen fairly late in the summer but in the last week many have ripened. As well as enjoying them raw I have made a tomato "sauce" in the oven.

I mixed chopped tomatoes and shallots with olive oil and black pepper and then baked the mixture in a medium oven for about an hour. Cooking tomatoes increases the bioavailability of some of the nutrients so this simple pasta sauce tastes good and has health benefits

I have been getting a bit grumpy about not being able to garden this summer, I am still very stiff and unable to bend enough to reach the soil, but this harvest from the garden has made me feel a lot better


Heather L. said...

How nice about the plums!! they look terrific!!! Also good to know that tomatoes are good cooked.

My garden has suffered terribly and is a weed pile. We have had only 2 minor sprinklings of rain in sept and NO RAIN at all in August. Everything is dry or dead. :( Maybe next year will be better.

abby said...

yummy food. I love plums - reminds me of my time spent in Cheshire, picking plums as a child. I love plum tart, plum jam, plum chutney - well, anything plummy really! Hope your aches and pains are diminishingx

willow said...

Heather, its a pity I can't send some of our rain over to you, its been raining all day here.

Abby, I hadn't thought of plum chutney but it sounds good, maybe next year.