Walking the terriers this morning we diverted through one of the orchards and realised that the serious picking and harvesting season is about to start; the season of plenty, indeed excess, approaches. This variety is one of four in this old orchard and they mature sequentially giving lots of fruit for jam, jelly, baking and the fruit bowl.
These Laxtons Early plums are ready for picking, they were duly tasted and, after five or six samples, pronounced to be delicious.
Pockets were then filled and some taken home for the boss to test their suitability for jam and jelly making as well as for immediate consumption.
The Jonared apples were tested too, but after I had replaced my fillings we decided to leave them for at least a month to allow the sugars to gather and the fruit to mature.