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By Alanb


Green Gages

Wonderful crop of green gages this year. One of my favourite fruits. This tree is in a row of three fruit trees, green gages, conference pears and cooking apples. Cookers are doing great. Conference pears not wonderful this year.



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Same here.
I made jam, sorbet and chutney with them. I bottled several jars as well, for the first time in my life, using my friend's "steriliser". I liked it so much that we bought an electric steriliser this month ♪

15 Aug, 2014

 

Alan, what exactly are "Green Gages"?

15 Aug, 2014

 

Sounds lovely Tomoe. I was reading a Waitrose recipe for green gage jam, earlier. I've never made any jam, but there is a first time for everything.

Paul, they are a small, sweet, green plum. Probably the size of a table tennis ball, a little smaller than a golf ball, perhaps. If you like fruit crumble, then green gage crumble is a must.....served with custard and/or ice cream ... <];~))

15 Aug, 2014

 

I'm going to look in to see if I can grow one here. They sound wonderful and I do love plums! But I've never seen one up here....yet!

15 Aug, 2014

 

If I remember rightly, ours was either a gift from our feathered friends or we planted what we thought was a seedling from a plum stone ... If that makes sense.

Good luck with that Karen <:~))

15 Aug, 2014

 

Yummy, I hadn't tried these till a couple of years ago when an old gentleman on our allotments gave me a bag full, they were delicious, can't think why they aren't more widely grown.
We had them in a crumble too :-)

15 Aug, 2014

 

It sounds really nice Alan. Strange that I never heard of it. Thank you for the explanation.

15 Aug, 2014

 

my best fruit to eat picked from the tree, especially when scrumping them as a child,
boy did they taste good :-) (i hasten to add as a child i did not quite see it as stealing, tho stealing it was)
*blush* you have a good tree full Alanb :-)
conference pears are my sons fav!

15 Aug, 2014

 

Thanks Kathy, Paul and Jane. They are a delicious fruit. Unfortunately I lose a lot dropping on the flower bed underneath. By the time I find them, slugs and insects have had a nibble, also most are bruised as well. Something I did at my a Mums bungalow, when she was alive, was put "fruit hammocks" under her cooking apple tree. These were very successful. If I do it under the green gage tree, I will post a photo. They were extremely effective and productive. I use wooden battens at each end with some garden liner as the hammock material. "Watch this space" ... lol

15 Aug, 2014

 

a bit like how they collect the olive from its tree, look forward to that.

15 Aug, 2014

 

I say get your fruit hammock up asap Alan. Harvest season is so short but when they are gone, they are GONE! It would be a shame to loose them all to slugs and worms. Think of all the delicious ways you can enjoy them?

15 Aug, 2014

 

I'll probably give it a go tomorrow (after playing golf).

15 Aug, 2014

 

Wow they are doing very well, havent seen them for years and I havent ever tasted them ! are they sweet?

16 Aug, 2014

 

Very sweet Carole, and a slightly different flavour from other types of plums.

16 Aug, 2014

 

Will look out for them and give them a try;0)

16 Aug, 2014

 

Carole, if you find some I hope you enjoy them.

Jane, I remember seeing a documentary a few years ago. A young British couple moved out to France. They had olive trees in their garden and needed an income from them. They put sheets down on the ground and shook the trees. They then took the olives to be pressed into olive oil.

16 Aug, 2014

 

I just think it's a genius idea and it's no fun to eat bruised and battered fruit. They sound fantastic! Crumble with custard? That's it! I'm coming over!

16 Aug, 2014

 

Anytime you like Paul. I'm going into the garden in an hour or two to did out these old hammocks.

17 Aug, 2014

 

Cool! would love to see a pic of it if I dare to ask. I'll hit the links with you anytime Alan. I'm sure we'd have a blast. Wait a minute......does miniature golf count as golf experience?

17 Aug, 2014

 

Sorry Paul, it would have to be "big boys" golf, at the Royal Liverpool GC, just down the road.... no miniature stuff. They have just played the Open there! The rough is waist high and the bunkers are deep, fairways very narrow ..... quite straight forward really.

PS I am going to dig the hammocks out, not "did them out"....... lol

17 Aug, 2014

 

Good for you Alan - you are up in the big leagues. I'll just cheer you on from the sidelines.

17 Aug, 2014

 

Alan, I took delivery of a beautiful young Gage this week, and it's planted and watered in. I'm ever so excited about the prospect of my own fruits in a couple of years, so thanks again for bringing my attention to this fruit! :)

19 Oct, 2014



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