Water Chestnuts and Currawongs

I was brave and put on my rubber gloves and spent a very damp hour and a half on Sunday finishing the water chestnut harvest. At least I got a good haul, over a kilo’s worth. Combined with TB’s early harvest we’ve got over 2 1/2 kilos this year. This is about the same amount we harvested in 2010, last year’s crop was just over 1kilo.

Waterchestnuts

The good thing about water chestnuts is that they are pretty easy to store. Put them in a container, cover them with water and leave them in the fridge until needed. You can also, once it’s warmer, take a few of them out of the water and start growing your next season’s crop.

Of course water chestnuts are great for stir fries and salads, but my sister-in-law tells me that she used some in pasties she made recently and they made a really tasty (and cruchy) addition.

Currawong

I thought I’d just throw in this photo to show one of our common Canberra winter visitors, the Pied Currawong. He/she is helping themselves to a drink from a plate on our garden table.

In times past these birds were winter migrants to Canberra moving down from the mountains to our ‘relatively’ warmer climes and then returning to the mountains to nest in spring. There is now so much readily available food in the city in the form of fruiting plants, scraps and pet food that currawongs now commonly live here year round. For the past few years we’ve seen some ding dong battles between the currawongs and ravens for a favoured nest site in our neighbours blue gum.

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