Vegetable and Fruit Growing on an Allotment in Edinburgh
Saturday, 11 October 2014
Twisting My Melons
It's harvest time and pride of place this year has to go to the Shark's Fin Melons (Fig Leaf Gourd).
6 of the best
Each fruit weighs about 7 Kg so I can only harvest two at a time because that is my carrying capacity! From 3 plants I have a dozen fruit at the allotment. The two plants I had over I planted out at home - I just can't bring myself to "waste" healthy plants. The ones at home were much later (perhaps because I removed the male flowers - see my earlier post) and the fruit are probably 4-5 Kg each. A bit more manageable.
A nice pair grown at home
Now the task is to decide how to use them. So far I've only made the Mexican drink, Chilacayote. Now I will have to try (mock) Shark's Fin Soup from the Far East and Angel Hair Jam from the Iberian Peninsular. And the good news is that, while whole, these babies keep for two years or more. In the meantime I'll keep you posted.
p.s. Yes, I have been offering fruit to all and sundry, although they have to be delivered in person.