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Moving an Established Fig Tree. Delayed post from Nov 2017
A few weeks ago they had cherimoyas, very cheap and tasty!
Chris, I envy you the Turkish greengrocer, So many flavors I never tasted before.
Chris, a Turkish market sounds interesting. Maybe some baklava, some donerkebab, some Kaşar, borek, and lamacun. Funny, I spent 18 months in Turkey in the mid 70's. All of the words I can remember refer to foods.
I never see big radishes, Daniel, only rettichs, but those mostly in Chinese shops. My new greengrocer's is a Turkish supermarket, and I expect to see some different veg and fruit through the year. There seems to be a strong trend to eat only a few different vegetables - perhaps because people are so busy and cannot bother to look around?
I bet NIng will like the pickled turnips. He likes sour foods.
Joan and Chris, thank you for the turnip recipes. I will try both the fries and the slaw. There are lots of turnips right now in the kitchen garden. I bet those recipes would also work for the Chinese radishes, which have similar size and a mildly peppery flavor.
Chris, are big radishes used in Europe? I read about large German radishes. I get the feeling they have fallen out if favor, if they ever were grown. They would seem perfect for the Northern Europe climate. In my garden, they were a perfect thing to plant where I dug up onions, garlic, and potatoes, mid summer.
I love shredded foods like slaw and hash browns. I watch carefully, because if you are shredding potatoes, they should be white, not pink or red. Pink or red indicates the fingers got too close :-)
Kathy, I have a couple of Lilac trees too. You cant reach the top flowers to see them close or smell them. I agree it's better to lose a year than to never have them close. My biggest one produced a nice off-shoot this year, which I transplanted to start another bush. Thank you lilac bush!
I made this with the big yellow turnips with the purplish skin - I'm not a turnip fan but this made a very good meal.
Cut the turnips to the size of French fries and put oil and butter in the wok. Stir-fry the turnip on maximum heat until brown tiger stripes appear. Lower the heat and add 100 grams of hazel nuts, black pepper and a teaspoon of thyme. Stir-fry some four minutes longer, sprinkle with a handful of grated Parmigiano Reggiano or other cheese, and serve with brown rice.
Yes, Kathy, I would agree that a trim of the top would be appropriate, just realize you will lose one year of blossoms. In the future, you will have a nicely shaped lilac and not have to worry about breaking limbs. If you do want to prune it in the future, do it when you are cutting out the fading blossoms.
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