Show & Tell!
We are very excited to have picked our very first nectarines! It’s a MIRACLE! My husband kept walking around the tree, mumbling, 'I can’t believe it . . . ‘just can’t believe it.’
These are Harkos and most were fairly flawless. A few had damage - but not as bad as the peaches and the Mericrest nectarines. I think the difference was ‘the stage they were at when I sprayed’ - all a bit different. I may have to spray more next year.
They are very very good. So far - I wouldn’t say they are as good tasting as the Redhaven peaches . . . but almost.
We picked about a dozen Harkos this evening. One lone Mericrest.
Seems that my Redhavens have more damage than the Harko nects. Lots of dark tunneling. The nectarines have little areas that are damaged - but not anything like the peaches.
I cant eat the high sugar jams … too many carbs for me… but love to make and eat chia jam… as shown in the video above.
It is very easy to make…
To make a pint of jam you need to start with near 2.5 cups fruit … it will cook down some
Over med heat simmer it for 8 min… mash to the consistency you like… and stir it occasionally… then take off heat.
Add juice of half lemon and 2 tablespoons chia seed… this thickens the mix… and the chia seed basically have no flavor but will thicken it nicely.
Then add the sweetner of your choice. We use 4 tablespoons of coconut palm sugar and maple syrup for most jam mixes and that is plenty sweet for us. You get more of the fruit flavor and less overpowered by sugar.
You might want to start with 6 or 8 tablespoons and work your way down.
This is a very fresh jam and you can simply store in the fridge for a week or two if you keep the lid sealed. Ours never last more than a week. It will store for months in the freezer.
I made some with combos like apple peach blackberry… or pineapple strawberry… all good.
Congratulations @PomGranny! They should get better every year as the tree gets more mature and you master their care, so you are off to an excellent start… I would leave them on the tree till the greenish color near the stems is completely gone, and till they start to soften. At least leave some till that stage, so that you can taste the soft ripe ones.
Reliance peaches are getting closer. @olpea@39thparallel and others realize on a year like this how hardy this peach is in Kansas. They are a miracle because they were frosted and frozen repeatedly and still held their blooms. Reliance over produce blooms