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Casa Verde: Grow Your Own Fruit

Last night I picked some of the Empress plums from the tree in our backyard. Empress plums, also known as Italian prune plums, have a sweet, yellow flesh and purple skin. This variety is an easy grower, too — our tree is dropping plums faster than we can harvest them. While I have plans for making some pies, and maybe even plum cornmeal cake, I know that to get the most out of this fruit harvest I'll have to freeze or can some of the plums.

Besides the delicious treat that a backyard plum provides, another important reason to consider planting a fruit tree at your home is that the fruit doesn't need to be trucked or flown in from halfway across the world. By becoming a backyard fruit farmer, you're providing some locally grown food for your home. And by freezing fruit, making preserves, or even drying it, you can enjoy the sweetness of Summer all year round.

Do you have any fruit growing at your house? Do you visit nearby orchards to pick your own?

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cageyme cageyme 8 years
I have a Meyer lemon tree in a pot in my attic/home office. (It's like a greenhouse in terms of light and warmth.) I only got it a few months ago so I haven't harvested anything yet.
garishar garishar 8 years
We have two pear trees, two cherry trees and three apple trees. We moved to the property last fall and had no idea just how much fruit this little orchard would produce. So far, we've made cherry jam, cherry crisps, a layered birthday cake with cherry filling and cherry pie. Because I can't keep up, I finally stuck the last cherries in the freezer last night for pitting when I have more time. And it looks like we are going to have more apples than we know what to do with.
tototee tototee 8 years
I've just left a plum tree at my old house:(.... but have luckily gained 3 apple trees and a pear! I'm going to be making preserves and pies for the rest of summer!
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