Low Hanging Fruit

facet 19 December 2010 16

mirabella plums

Disappointed with the fruit on offer at your local supermarket? well now is the time for fruits of the urban forest.

There are heaps of fruit trees in Canberra suburbs and its been a good year. Attached photo is the Mirabelle Plum I wrote about last winter, it appears to have been spared the chop by Parks and Gardens (so far).

It is the best eating plum I have ever tasted.

As I write there is a Mulberry pie baking in the oven and it smells is divine. The small Mulberry tree that hangs over the foot path is producing a lot more fruit than I can eat.

UPDATE: To really rub it in facet has sent in a pic of his pie:

mulberry pie


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breda breda 3:05 pm 20 Dec 10

“Gungahlin Al (Agitator) 13:57, 20 Dec 10

Lots of plums along the bikepath north of Antill St along Federal Hwy.
Lately they’ve started only planting “flowering plums” in streetscapesd, which seems a waste to me.”

Al, I’m not sure that your comment about the flowering plums is right. We have had a few replaced in my street over the last year or two, and yes, they flower magnificently, but they also are already producing fruit, despite being only a couple of metres tall. I assume that all the plum tree stock comes from the same source.

blowers blowers 3:04 pm 20 Dec 10

I went for a drive past Brindabella Station January last year and up in the pine forests there were so many plump ripe blackberries I picked them and stewed them up for a campers breakfast the next morning. They were easy to get to and you would come home with multiple buckets full

Floydwafer Floydwafer 2:48 pm 20 Dec 10

Feathergirl – if you park at the Molongolo water ski area – near Dairy Flat Road and head up the river on foot, big bushes up there that will no doubt have big plump blackberries. Try towards the end of January/early February (maybe ealier with all this rain)

schmeah schmeah 2:39 pm 20 Dec 10

There’s plenty of cherries on the local tree that goes unnoticed.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 1:57 pm 20 Dec 10

Lots of plums along the bikepath north of Antill St along Federal Hwy.
Lately they’ve started only planting “flowering plums” in streetscapesd, which seems a waste to me.

Feathergirl Feathergirl 10:07 am 20 Dec 10

Anyone have any tips on a good spot to get blackberries in Canberra?

I have fond memories of picking them at the Cotter when young, but lately they spray these ones.

cleo cleo 1:18 am 20 Dec 10

My street in Narrabundah is planted with plum trees (the red leafed ones) and they are groaning with fruit. Local humans, possums and birds are enjoying them. An elderly Eastern European couple who live nearby collect them by the bucketload – I just wish I could taste whatever preserves they must be making with them.

Far from being just decadent ornamentals, these trees not only fruit every year (after a stunning blossom display), but also pop up in people’s gardens after the animals and birds have thoughtfully spread the seeds around.

We also have another kind of plum all around the area, with green leaves and yellowish fruit. They also pop up everywhere – I’ve got half a dozen around the garden.

They were the days picking mulberries, and making pies, you don’t see that many trees these days

breda breda 8:14 pm 19 Dec 10

My street in Narrabundah is planted with plum trees (the red leafed ones) and they are groaning with fruit. Local humans, possums and birds are enjoying them. An elderly Eastern European couple who live nearby collect them by the bucketload – I just wish I could taste whatever preserves they must be making with them.

Far from being just decadent ornamentals, these trees not only fruit every year (after a stunning blossom display), but also pop up in people’s gardens after the animals and birds have thoughtfully spread the seeds around.

We also have another kind of plum all around the area, with green leaves and yellowish fruit. They also pop up everywhere – I’ve got half a dozen around the garden.

facet facet 5:57 pm 19 Dec 10

Just finished the pie (with fresh cream). Mulberries baked in a pie are super sweet (they lose that tart flavor (no pun intended).

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 3:59 pm 19 Dec 10

I like pie. Do you like pie?

Special G Special G 3:47 pm 19 Dec 10

Made a mulberry/toffee sauce for some icecream last night. was fantastic and didn’t even make a dent in my friend mulberry tree.

Me no fry Me no fry 3:13 pm 19 Dec 10

Mulberry pie? What have you done to Bogan Fingers?

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 12:28 pm 19 Dec 10

“I have a million apples”

Maybe give or take 999500 lol

mddawson mddawson 12:22 pm 19 Dec 10

A good year for fruit? The rain has wiped out the fruit on my apricot and plum trees. Normally I get 30-40 kg from each tree.

mddawson mddawson 12:19 pm 19 Dec 10

“A good year” for fruit? The rain has wiped out my usual crop of 30-40 kg of apricots I get from each of my trees. My plum tree is not much better.

Hells_Bells74 Hells_Bells74 12:09 pm 19 Dec 10

Mmmm Mulberry pie sounds good. My mum used to get gorgeous blackberries hanging over her fence, delicious memories! Nice looking plums, what colour are they inside?

I have a million apples I never use before the birds get to them, I moved into a fruit salad so to speak. Apricots, cherries and pomegranites (next door hanging over walkway), apples, strawberries, jam peaches and the best ever plums that although in my yard neighbours kids would pick bags for us all, was glorious, but it went down in a storm or something.

My old dogs used to adore the apples and now they’re buried under their beloved tree. The most beautiful blossoms around here in Spring. Some of mine don’t produce or are gone now but still look lovely in blossom if they remained.

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