Friday, June 29, 2007

Time for the first harvesting.

There is something satisfactory about the feeling of harvesting from what you are growing, or harvesting from the fields or the woods. We make something from "nothing", we use our green thumbs, we are saving for rainy days......and we connect with our foremothers.
Today it was time to harvest the rhuburbs. I have made cakes and pies for several weeks, using fresh rhuburb stalks. Today I cut down all the biggest ones, leaving the smallest to give nutrition back to the roots for next year.
Rhuburb marmelade is easy to make. Peel the skin from the stalks and wash them in cold water directly from the tap. Cut into small pieces, 1-2 cms. Put the pieces in a saucepan, add sugar (I use about 750 gram with 1 kg rhuburbs). Boil till the rhuburbs are smooth. Add some a few drops of lemon juice and a teaspoon of vanilla sugar and fill the marmelade in hot glasses.
You now have a perfect taste of summer for cold days. And for warm ones :-)


UP said...

I agree with you. Rhubarb marmalade is the perfect taste of summer for cold days. And for warm ones.

We have some in the cupboard also.

joey said...

I live in the city so I can only dream of harvesting my own are very lucky :) I can also only dream of tasting rhubarb because I live in the tropics...I have been reading so much about it on tons of blogs...One day I will try it! :)

Jeanne said...

Fabulous things are always being created in your kitchen my lovely friend.
Love and hugs

A wildlife gardener said...

I am now slavering like a big hungry dog...yum yum!