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Fortune Plums

Fortune Plums

Fortune Plums

Big and juicy and full of flavour. Plums are in season, and Fortune Plums are our favorites.

Karaka

Karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus)

Karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus)

Karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus) is an endemic New Zealand tree with glossy evergreen leaves. The pulp of the berries is said to be edible, while the raw stones are toxic (cooking them long enough apparently can make them edible — I think I will give them a miss).

Taumanu Reserve, Onehunga

Karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus)

Karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus)

Seasonal

Strawberries

Strawberries

The taste of the season.

Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Fields

Strawberry Fields

From the brand new roads around the Northwest shopping centre (counting down to open in 7 days, 1 hour, 46 minutes, ??? seconds as I write this – on October 1 at 9 am) you still get a view of the horticultural roots of the area. Strawberries in flower, counting down to a harvest.

Bonsai

Bonsai Apple

Bonsai Apple

At Saturday’s “Whau Chinese New Year 2015” event the New Zealand Chinese Bonsai Society displayed some of their pieces. This apple tree laden with fruit was my absolute favourite. The apples were about the size of large cherries. (“Do not touch” …)

The Birthday Cake

The Birthday Cake

The Birthday Cake

While some of us subscribe to the motto “Let us eat cake”, this sentiment is by no means universal. Here is Mrs H’s creative alternative to a birthday cake for our good friend Ingrid.

Loquat

Loquat

Loquat

At this time of year the yellow loquat ripen, beautiful yellow, especially on a blue sky.

Zwetschgenkuchen

Zwetschgenkuchen

Zwetschgenkuchen

Damson plums are not commonly available in the shops, maybe they are too oldfashioned? I have seen them advertised on rare occasions on roadside signage in the countryside. The Auckland Swiss Club has connections to a grower in Whakatane and organised a supply for us. They were put to good use by Mrs H.

(Fortune plums, quite a bit larger, are a good substitute for Damson plums.)

Damson Plums

Damson Plums

Strawberry Time!

Strawberries at the Avondale Sunday Market

Strawberries at the Avondale Sunday Market

Strawberries are in plentiful supply – summer is on its way.

Hospice Strawberry Festival

Volunteers ready for Service

Volunteers ready for Service

The Hospice Strawberry Festival is in its third year, and yesterday’s event at QEII Square was a fundraiser for Mercy Hospice Auckland. During the month of November such events are held throughout the country to help keep the hospice services free. Apart from strawberries and icecream, there were tea towels, Christmas angels, strawberry plants and more, and this year there is also an opportunity for virtual strawberries.

Mayor Len Brown amidst Strawberries

Mayor Len Brown amidst Strawberries

The main Attraction

The main Attraction

Strawberry watching X-hale Dance Crew

Strawberry watching X-hale Dance Crew

Strawberry Attire

Strawberry Attire

Grow your own

Grow your own

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