Different produce responds to different treatments – and some things just need to be eaten.
The list below gives a summary of which fruit and vegetables store and preserve well. It may also help in planing your edible gardening year.
- apples, pears (not early variety)
- beetroot, cabbage, carrot, garlic, kohlrabi, onion, parsnip, potato, pumpkin, swede, turnip
Good for bottling:
Makes delightful things:
- all fruits
- aubergine, cabbage, cauliflower, courgette, cucumber, onion, tomato
Can be dried:
- apples, damsons, plums
- beans, peas, tomato
- berry fruits, apples and pears (if pureed)
- broad beans, broccoli, calabrese, French beans, peas, runner beans
Lasts well on the plant or in the ground:
- artichoke (Jerusalem), beetroot, broccoli (sprouting), Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celeraic, celery, chard, chicory, kale, leeks, lettuce and salads, parsnip, swede, turnip
Eat when ready: few or no good storage preservation options
- artichoke (globe), asparagus, cardoon, radish, sweetcorn
21st-Century Smallholder – by Paul Waddington
While up on the Fraser Coast, we purchased some local nuts and a few petite jars of rainforest spreads. We tried the spreads with mini pikelets for breakfast.
Here are the results of our taste test:
Lemon Myrtle Honey (left)
This one was a thick lemon syrupy honey. We could clearly taste the tang of the Lemon Myrtle, with a base of Eucalyptus honey. One way to identify a Lemon Myrtle tree is to crush some of its leaves, and it gives off a similar lovely sweet smell of lemons!
Davidson’s Plum Jam (middle)
The labels described a “tart plum flavour, followed by a delightful tang.” We found it similar to normal plum jam and its mild taste was the most agreeable of the three. Davidson’s plum trees only grow in very limited regions of the Australian Rainforest.
Riberry Jam (Lillipilli Jam) (right)
The last one had a distinct taste that neither of us liked. The label says it is similar to “boysenberry and ginger”, so if you like these flavours perhaps this is the one for you. Riberries are only found in Australian rainforests on the east coast
If you would like to purchase and try any of these bush foods for yourself, visit Lemon Myrtle Refreshed’s website.