Daron Williams wrote:One thing to think about is that our fruit trees have been cultivated to be managed through these sort of techniques. I think we might need to consider the possibility that new strains of fruit trees that are selected for less fruit production but that would not need to be thinned might actually be best from a permaculture perspective.
This could be one of several reasons why fruit trees grown from seed can be a good choice for permaculture projects.
Marco Banks wrote:
Larger fruit sells much better. People walk by and say, "Look at the size of that pomegranate! Look at the size of that watermelon! Those peaches look amazing—big and juicy." I've never had someone say, "Oh, look at those cute undersized apples -- lets buy them."
James Landreth wrote:My thoughts:
Branches can break from overbearing, which can damage the tree and lead to infection. Around here thinning is good for young trees because otherwise the tree may drop all its fruit during the dry season. Another consideration is energy, especially with young trees. The sugars used to make fruit can be used for other functions metabolically, including root growth, so thinning the fruit or removing it entirely on young trees can be beneficial.
James Landreth wrote:
So now what? Anyone have recipes for unripe green plums? Am thinking of boiling them with gatlic scapes and then adding fresh onion and cilantro as a sort of plum chimichurri.
Advice / recipes appreciated.
Rebecca Norman wrote:
James Landreth wrote:
It was a bit hard to get the pits out of the hard unripe apricots, so we tried boiling them first till they softened a bit, and then squashing them between two flat hard things, and that worked pretty well.
Yes, getting pits out was work. I boiled them and let them cool and then had my 5 year old use a potato masher to smash em good. Then we added warm water and I had her remove pits by hand. I ended up helping but it was relaxing fun together time. I boiled the pitless mash one more time for sanitary purposes, then added the pulp to a standard chimichurri recipe more or less.
Turned out great. Feels good to have found a use and I am sure this chimichurri is nutrient packed!