Yesterday I talked about most of the fruit in our orchard but there were a couple of trees not mentioned.
We have one apple tree. I don’t know what kind of apples these are but these are so sour, you absolutely cannot eat them. They make decent pies and I love adding cinnamon and sugar to them, cooking them down to serve with BBQ or for breakfast.
More than anything else, they’re good for entertainment value. The chickens will jump up and peck at them and they will do that for hours waiting for the apples to fall so they can eat them.
We have four or five pomegranate trees.
Some years, we have more pomegranates than we can possibly use. This year, we only have two trees that have fruit on them. We treat every tree exactly the same and in two instances, there are two trees right next to each other. One will produce and one won’t. It’s crazy.
The pomegranates are fascinating to grow. They make a fairly large beautiful red bloom and then bloom just changes shape and the entire bloom becomes the fruit. I love watching them grow.
For these, I mostly juice them and freeze the juice.
The most bizarre thing of all are the pear trees. I don’t have a clue how many pear trees we have. My guess is 8 or 9. Over the last few years, we’ve had three pear trees die. What gets me is that there’s an old hotel here that has an old pear tree. I know no one ever does anything for that tree and it is always loaded with pears. They’re small and the tree could use a little fertilizer and probably a lot of water but that amazes me that we couldn’t get our pears to do anything.
Pears were the first trees we planted when we moved here so these have been here 8 years. A year or so ago, we got one pear! This year, this one tree probably has close to 100 pears. Another tree has maybe a dozen.
I love pear pie and pear preserves so I hope I get enough pears to make a batch of pear preserves and one pie.