Guilt Free Desserts
The cultivated sweet, or dessert, cherry is a hybrid between Prunus avium and P. cerasus. It is a hardy deciduous tree which is cultivated in many areas of Europe and western Asia. It bears clusters of attractive, white flowers in spring and bears fruits, ranging in color from yellow and pink to almost jet black, from June onwards in cool temperate areas. It grows in zones 6 and 7, and in protected locations in zone 5.
Next deal with the laterals that were pruned the previous summer. Where smaller quantities of large high-quality dessert fruits are required, cut all of these laterals back to about two buds. Where a large amount of fruit is required, pruning should be moderated accordingly. Vigorous varieties should be pruned less severely because this could encourage excessive growth. Cut out dead and diseased wood, and any growth crowding the center of the bush.
A mainstay in European gardens and gaining popularity in North America, currants and gooseberries (Ribes species) make excellent jams, jellies, and dessert berries. The U.S. government at one time banned growing this group of ornamental and delicious fruits, because Ribes species contribute to a deadly white pine disease called white pine blister rust. Several states still restrict the sale and transport of Ribes, although disease-resistant varieties, which eliminate the problem, are now available.
This can be controlled by applications of hot soapy water and white oil. Natural predators of the mealy bug are ladybirds, lacewings, hoverflies, parasitic wasps and birds. Because young trees can be damaged by strong winds, establishing windbreaks before and during early tree development is essential to prevent structural damage. Yes, custard apples do actually taste like stewed apple and homemade custard mixed together. Chilled, they are wonderful for dessert or breakfast.
Apparently the victim of a kidnapping gone wrong, the body of a young child is found concealed in the basement of her home. As the police try to construct a timeline for the kidnapping and murder, they interview the parents. The mother insists that her daughter disappeared before the evening meal, which included a pineapple compote dessert. An analysis of the stomach contents conflicts with the mother's statements. What did the medical examiner's office find in the girl's stomach that causes them to doubt
A guide, the earliest varieties of apples are ready for picking in late July to early August. Apples A good test for ripeness is to lift the fruit in the palm of the hand and if it leaves the spur easily with its stalk intact, it is ready. Another sign is the first windfalls (discounting drops from strong winds and codling moth attack). With the later ripening varieties, the color of the pips is an indication. They should be beginning to change color from white to straw-coloured and eventually to brown. With dessert apples in particular the skin of the fruits becomes more brightly colored. In mid-July, thin again to leave one or two dessert apples per cluster 4-6 in apart, cooking apples 6-9 in apart. Pears need less thinning leave two fruits per cluster.
'Cayuga White' This variety bears white grapes in tight clusters. They are of good dessert quality. Origin New York. 'Concord' This late grape is so well known and widely planted that it hardly needs description. Often the standard of quality in judging American grapes, the dark blue slipskin berries are rich in the characteristic foxy flavor, which is retained after processing. Widely available. Origin Massachusetts. 'Delaware' The clusters and berries of this major wine grape are small, good for wine and juice, and excellent for dessert eating. The vines are subject to mildew. Origin New Jersey. 'Edelweiss' This hardy, medium-sized grape is of good dessert quality. Origin Minnesota. can also be dried as seeded raisins. Spur pruning is best. This variety requires the moderately high heat of the San Joaquin Valley or other inland valleys but not the desert. Muscats are often used to make sweet dessert wine. Unfortified muscat wine is a treat with desserts or fruit. Origin North...
The following includes both large-fruiting kinds and those that are mainly ornamental, but all offer a good crop of smaller fruits. Use red- or pink-fruited varieties if you want pink jelly. 'Barbara Ann' This ornamental offers dark, reddish purple, ' 2-inch fruit with reddish pulp. The tree produces a profusion of 2-inch, purple-pink, full, double flowers. It grows to about 25 feet tall and is reasonably disease resistant. Origin Massachusetts. 'Chestnut' This very large, bronze-red crabapple is big enough to make a good dessert or lunchbox fruit, and can also be used to make a deep pink jelly. Its flavor is especially pleasing. The tree is very hardy, medium sized, and reasonably disease resistant. Origin Minnesota.
Mulberry flowers are small and inconspicuous. The fruits are numerous and resemble slender blackberries. They do not ripen all at once, but when they are ready they drop from the tree. They can be gathered by covering the ground with a sheet or canvas and shaking the tree. The fruits are used for jelly, wine, and desserts. The fruits also attract birds in large numbers and can be messy, making the tree unsuitable for public spaces. Plant mulberries to draw birds away from the fruit crops.
I'd be hard pressed to name a shrub that I like better than blueberry (Vaccinium species). As an ornamental plant, it offers small white flowers in spring, glossy green leaves in summer, and spectacular crimson foliage in fall. As an edible fruit, it can't be beat for fresh eating, pies, pancakes, dessert sauce, and jam.
'Gravenstein' Fruit is large but not uniform, with skin that's red against light green. The greenish yellow flesh is moderately line textured, crisp, firm, and juicy. It is excellent for eating fresh, in sauce, and in pies. The trees are strong, very vigorous, upright, and spreading. Widely-available along with 'Red Gravenstein'. Origin Germany. 'Jonamac' This 'Mcintosh' type dessert apple is of very good eating quality, milder in flavor than the 'Mcintosh'. Origin New York. 'Mcintosh' If you write down the attributes of a great apple medium-to-large fruit with sweet, tender, juicy white flesh very good fresh or in sauce, pies, or cider you are describing 'Mcintosh'. The skin is yellow with a bright red blush. The tree is strong and very vigorous. Widely available. Origin Ontario. great eating and cooking apple, 'Golden Delicious' ranks as high as any. The fruit is medium to large and uniform in size. The skin is greenish yellow with a bright pink blush. The flash is firm, crisp,...
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