Wednesday, September 17, 2008

windfall




The ground under the old fruit trees that dot the property is covered with windfall fruit.



They are all pear trees, and very old ones at that.  Their bark is pitted with worm holes and in some places, the trunks  are almost hollow.  Whoever planted these must have had a love of pears.  Unfortunately, the fruit tastes horrible, very grainy and sour.  I don't think these are wild pear trees, since many of them were planted in a row.


All is not lost, since the horses absolutely love them.  In fact, they practically dance a jig when we feed them this 'candy'.  But maybe I should research the variety...maybe they are actually tasty in canning recipes....maybe I should  gather a huge bushel, put some up and store them in the cold cellar (haha...I don't have a cold cellar or a bushel basket, and the last time I canned something was fifteen years ago, I just thought it sounded all wholesome and back-to-the earth-ish!).  Maybe I'll just keep feeding them to the horses.....




6 comments:

coffeypot said...

The last time I canned anything was when I had to fire one of my people (back when I worked, that is.) I open cans - not put stuff in them.

Firefly Hill said...

My guys would love those...however they dont get too many treats these days due to chubbiness...


annie

hayseed said...

Annie, we have to watch for chubbiness too, as all three are 'easy keepers'-I'm going to try to store some for winter for them.

Heidi the Hick said...

Yeah, we went pear pickin a few weeks ago and our horses loved the rejects! Maybe I'll post a recipe for pear pie. It is goooood and I think even a sour variety of pear would work well. This pie turned out so well for me, but the pears were nice enough that I'd just munch them down as is.

Zelda said...

where is you paradise ???? it,s gorgious

hayseed said...

Thank you Zelda! I guess one can find pieces of paradise just about anywhere. We live in a small rural community in Southern Ontario (Canada), just a little over an hour south west of Toronto. It is very much a farming community, and has many utilitarian aspects about it, and it is NOT in the least bit fashionable!! But it is peaceful, and has much natural beauty, and because it is largely undeveloped, one feels very close to the history of the place-there are good and bad things about all places, but we like it here.