We have a very small peach tree that lives in a pot out on the parkway. Every year, in January it starts to bloom. Yup. January.
This year its blooms were quite spectacular and it seems that every blossom became a peach. Thank you bees!
However, I did not thin them as I should have. If you have an over abundance, you must thin them so you can have nutrients go to the fruit. Because I didn't thin them, they ripened but remained quite small. How small you ask? Well they remained the size of a walnut in most cases. Some got a bit bigger, not by much.
Anyway, the first batch that we harvested I decided needed to at least be made into jam. They taste wonderful! Small....but mighty.....
So, I washed them. I cut a small slit and put them into boiling water to get the skins off, then cut the meat from the pit. After an hour and a half of non-stop work.....I gathered 4 1/2 cups of peach. For my small batch jam machine I only needed 3 1/4 cups....perfect! The rest of the peach went into a smoothie.
So, 55 mins after going into the jammer and then the canner, we got.......4 1/2pints of peach jam. A lot of work for such a small harvest....
Now, the second batch we harvested is sitting and ripening over a few days.
Today, I am going to make relish.
Our cucumber plant has given us a couple of cukes....and not wanting to waste those, we went to the Farmers Market to buy a few more to make relish. Into it will go some peppers we grew and some we did not. It should make a good amount of relish....Hubby likes that too.
Hope your Sunday goes well.....