Saturday, June 11, 2011

Nanking cherry, onions, geranium, loquats... for Theanne

I would like to dedicate this post to Theanne...
who at this moment, is feeling a little down...
thinking about the second year of her beloved husband's passing...
I hope this little post of the red, red cherries in Japan...
would bring over to her in Florida...
a little-little smile....
According to Wikipedia, the Nanking Cherry is also known as...
Korean cherry, Manchu cherry, Downy cherry,
Shanghai cherry, Ando cherry, Mountain cherry,
Chinese Bush cherry, Chinese Dwarf cherry, or Hansen's Bush Cherry....
Hmmm, so many names for just one fruit...
They are native to northern and western China (including Tibet),
Korea, Mongolia, and possibly northern India (Jammu and Kashmir, 
Anyway, it is quite a delicious fruit... tiny though but still, pretty...
A friend gave us 8 onions the other day...
They are big, round, fleshy...
Unlike the ones I grow... under-nourished, tiny, and skinny...
Yet, I'd like to think of my onions as being concentrated, power-packed, and full of flavor... 
I might have mentioned it before...
I just adore the flagrance of the rose geranium...
They are apparently indigenous to various parts of southern Africa,..
We sometimes use the leaves to add flavor to cookies...
This is the season for loquats... wooh hoo...
I love loquats...very much...
Their taste somewhat resemble that of the mango, I think...
We have three plants in our property...
Plus, there are lots of them growing wild in the hills...
The locals do not harvest them...
I do, and we make preserves out of them...
The Loquat is originally from southeastern China...
The fruit is high in vitamin A, dietary fiber, potassium, and manganese...
The seeds and young leaves of the plant are slightly poisonous...
We keep the seeds, dry them in the sun, and then make wine out of them...