by Charlene Burgi
This is the time of year that hidden treasures may be found nestled in your garden. Granny Smith apples are prime for picking right now. The sugar content is high and the fruit is crisp. Winter Nelis pears, Washington and Robertson navel oranges, Dancy tangerines, persimmons and Meyer lemon trees are laden with winter fruit ready to grace your holiday table. So many recipes come to mind just thinking about the harvest. Persimmons sliced thin and placed on a dehydrator maintain their glorious color and taste so sweet. Apples from Granny Smith can be put into this mouth-watering dish:
Buttery Cinnamon Skillet Apples
1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups water
4 medium cooking apples, peeled and sliced
In a ten-inch skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the sugars, cornstarch and cinnamon. Blend in the water. Arrange the apples over the sauce. Cover and cook over medium heat, spooning the sauce over the apples until the apples are tender and the sauce is thick. Serves six.
Paperwhite Narcissus planted earlier in the season are ready to open and release their sweet fragrance. The wonder of winter Daphne’s scent permeates the air. Camellia and some azalea blooms adorn the garden in their resplendent shades of red, pink and white. Reap the rewards of your efforts and carry some of these treasures into the house and enjoy their presence.
And speaking of reaping rewards, thank you for your questions and comments as they bring such joy and provide me with food for thought. Sharing golden moments in the garden with you throughout the year has been a treasure. Wishing you all a very happy holiday season, Merry Christmas and a healthy, prosperous new year.