Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rooftop fruit


The blueberries seemed early, but looking back at last year's pictures, I see that I picked my first handfuls on June 13th. Huh. Around the same time I started to make Nigel Slater's peach and blueberry cake. But peaches are nowhere near. So I must have cheated, with Southern peaches. What high standards we hold ourselves to, these locavore days.


I have far fewer blueberries than last year and they are far larger. Go figure. On the roof I have a watermelon the size of a pinhead. It is soft and furry and entirely crushable.


The black raspberries are ripening and are wonderful, if scant. I would love more of them, a whole row. And they would be eaten like so, after dinner, from a beautiful cut glass bowl.


As it is, I eat them on the roof, one by one, tender, dark, with currents of mulberry in the flavour.

Speaking of which. Anyone know a good tree?

4 comments:

  1. I reckon the blueberries are larger as there are fewer. All that energy going into fewer fruit.

    I marvel at the abundance of your roof/terrace. I often imagine it must be a great feeling sitting there during a warm evening with all the activity of the city below. I'm going through one of my "I need a city" periods.

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  2. I've been outside for 3 hours and my eyes are full of mites and sweat.

    I'll trade you a yard for a rooftop!

    xo Jane

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  3. Based on your blueberry success last year, I jumped in a planted one in a pot. I picked about 10 this week, with many more coming soon - hoorah! Don't think I will try the blackberry (have a source), but am still thinking about those strawberries!

    Glad it's going well.

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  4. My mind is running through all the delicious ways with those berries, but you're right best eaten one by one right off the bush- yum!

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