Enjoy the moments

Enjoy the moments when you pick off your ripe fruits and vegetables, knowing that you have maintained a long and noble tradition of growing healthy, delicious, homegrown produce. – Owen Pidgeon, Canberra Times, 12 February 2014

Owen’s words were a timely reminder to put aside worries and enjoy the results of our garden labours. The day his comments were published I was harvesting my nectarines, well half a trees worth. I used most of them for dried fruit and stewed up the small amount remaining for more immediate consumption.

Nectarines picked and ready to be cut into quarters for drying.
Nectarines picked and ready to be cut into quarters for drying.

While we were sitting cutting up the nectarines friend M dropped by. She’d just been to her mother-in-laws garden to harvest tomatoes. M has taken over several garden beds at the MILs to grow larger crops than her own small space will allow.What she had grown was an Australian heirloom tomato called a Palmwood. These are a climbing tomato, which M tells us have grown taller than the largest commercial garden stakes she could buy.

The fruit is long and tapered, growing to about 12-15 cms in length. They certainly looked different to any tomatoes we’d seen previously. These are a paste-style tomato and are good for slicing as well as cooking. If you are interested the seeds can be purchased through Eden Seeds.

Palmwood tomatoes, an Australian heirloom variety.
Palmwood tomatoes, an Australian heirloom variety.
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