Category Archives: Fruit

Annette, Marlborough Sounds.

In the reserve nearby we collect lost of figs. I pickle them. They can be served as a dessert with whipped cream OR with cold meat, OR with cheeses, which is my favourite.( I make my own cheese.) To pickle the figs you need: 3 cups red wine vinegar, 1 kg brown or raw sugar, […]

Isabel Morgan, Napier.

Fig recipe. You will need. 3-4 cups sugar 2 cups water 2 tablespoons vinegar   Boil till syrupy. Put in clean ripe, but not over-ripe figs (leave stalk on), and simmer for two and half – 3 hrs. Drain. Dry in sun or low oven. Pack in bags and freeze. Delicious in sandwiches, with crackers […]

M Hope, Hastings.

Lots of figs this year, (if I can beat the birds and chooks!). One of my favourite ways to eat them is cut in half, a drizzle of honey a small piece of blue vein cheese and grilled for about 10 mins!

Fig recipes

Fig muffins – Make a basic muffin mix. Do to that you will need 2 cups flour, 3 cup sugar, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 1 egg, 1 cup milk, and 2 tablespoons cooking oil. Sift all dry ingredients together in a bowl. Make a well in the centre and add previously mixed egg, milk and […]

Hawera plum

Kate from Hawera asks, “I have shifted to a house with a Hawera plum tree, I would love some recipes and tips!” [We checked out more about this plum and found this on Wairere Nursery web site. “Originated from a chance seedling found on the roadside near, you guessed it, Hawera. Large dark red fruit […]

Canny Scot, Christchurch.

I have been enjoying a good fruit harvest from my dwarf fruit trees this year. When they all seem to ripen at once I slice nectarines and peaches and simmer them in some honey and cinnamon for five minutes then cool and freeze. Handy for whipping up a quick fruit tart or fruit cobbler when […]

Thirties Depression Baby, Auckland

What to do with lots of bananas. Process peeled bananas which are not too ripe in the blender with very little soy milk until of ice cream consistency and store in small containers in the freezer. (Being allergic to dairy I have not tried using milk.) My home grown bananas, plentiful this season, are quite […]