Itâ€™s a lot cooler which is nice. The average being about 26ÂºC . We had some unexpected rain yesterday which posed a threat to my almond harvest. I am picking these slowly off the trees by hand. I could use a net but I feel it is more work than the task merits. The harvest seems mixed. Some of almonds which were a very good size last year are miniscule this year. While others are fine. Could be due to the drought conditions and extreme heat. The almond trees are not irrigated.
While on the subject of extreme heat, my persimmon (diospiro) trees have dropped their fruit. I donâ€™t think itâ€™s due to lack of water as the leaves are green and growing. Surprisingly, the apples are doing okay. I really expected them to drop all the fruit during the heat wave.
I have a decent amount of grapes to keep me going at the moment . â€˜Italiaâ€™ came good despite the vine collapsing due to neglect on my part. The Donna Maria Brancaâ€™ are slowly ripening. They are definitely less bunches of this variety this year.
I still have a few plums on one tree. I managed to gain something useful from the black plums (ameixa preta) which were heavily infected with worms. I harvested them early and made some good jam and a lot of compote. Some of the compote borders on jam quality. I used 25% in weight of sugar to the plums. I use the compote in my cooking. In sweet and sour pork, pasta and even rice. I also use it to make a super dip for chips ðŸ™‚ .
Super dip â€“ chopped onion and chilli, a bit of chopped basil. I use the manjaricÃ£o which grows like a weed. To this I add 2-3 tablespoons of plum compote, a squirt of tomato ketchup and a pinch of black pepper. Sometimes I add a dash of cider vinegar.
I harvested and sold the bulk of my carobs. I had to take them down a couple of sacks at a time, 14 km round trip. It was okay but I hope to find a paid for transportation service for next year.
The maize is still growing well. Fingers crossed!
Itâ€™s too late for the melons. The plants are growing and flowering but it will soon be autumn. The olives are growing slowly.. . ðŸ™‚ No olives for olive this year as the trees are resting.
Bonji says it'd been a very hot this summer!