Sunday, July 06, 2008

Garden Report - July 2008 -

My blueberries

Yes, the fertilizer worked. The number of berries is not so impressive this year, but the size of each berry is! I hope the fertilizer improved the taste, too.

So what should I make with twenty to thirty big, ripe and sweet blueberries? Blueberry tart again, maybe?

Sad news. My chervil was looking great in May, but now it's gone -- the heat and plant louses killed it. I'm glad that at least I had a chance to put it on a piece of cake and take some photos (see previous post) .



K and S said...

that is too bad about the chervil. but 20 to 30 blueberries, wow! maybe you should try making a blueberry ice cream?

Anonymous said...

You could always decorate a cake with the blueberries. :) Or just eat them....^-^; Or freeze them and save them for winter! And then make muffins!

Anonymous said...

How beautiful!

Anonymous said...

wow, you have your own grown blueberrys!! They are one of my favourite fruits ^O^
You can be so lucky !! Mjam :)

Anonymous said...

I heard that it is very expensive to get fresh berries in Japan, is that right? Then I guess if you grow your own, it's like growing money :)

Anonymous said...

dearest Obachan,

Beautiful berries! Did you plant it in a pot or right into the soil? And is it planted from seedlings or grafting?

Lots of love from malaysiaelayne

obachan said...

K & S
That sounds tempting but wouldn't I need an ice cream maker for that?

Yeah, either muffins or pancakes sounds reasonable.

One thing I've been wanting to try is the dessert I had in the U.S. long time ago. It was just a big bowlful of fresh blueberries mixed with cream -- something like custard cream, IIRC. I don't know what it is called, but it was oh so good! So when my sunshine blue starts yielding hundreds of berries, I would give it a try.

Anonymous commenter

Yep, I think I'm lucky, because this blueberry was almost dead once but fully recovered from the tragic incident.

Yes, it is. I think you can make good money if you can grow blueberries here and sell them when they are nice & sweet. Imported fresh blueberries are obviously picked and shipped before they are really ripe, so they seldom taste great...

It was already planbted in a pot when I bought it. It looked like this.

K and S said...

Obachan, I made this type of "ice cream" without a machine, you could probably adapt it to your blueberries :)
Ginger Pineapple Sorbet adapted from Sam Choy's Sampler
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup pineapple juice (118 ml)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon or orange juice
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
1 pint cream (473 ml)

Mix ingredients. Place in freezer until partially frozen, then put in a bowl and mix well with a wooden spoon.
Return to freezer until frozen.

NOTES: After grating a 1-inch sized piece of ginger, I only had 1/2 a tablespoon, so I chopped up some candied ginger to make up the other 1/2 tablespoon. I also put everything into a ziploc container and mixed it up. I put the container into the freezer and waited 20 minutes, then mixed everything again and put it back to freeze. This sorbet was more like ice cream rather than the sorbet that I was used to, the pineapple flavor was strong, so the bits of candied ginger helped add another texture.