Monday, May 6, 2013

Chestnuts roasting in a woodfired outdoor oven

Fabulous chestnuts brought from Mt Irvine and Mt Tomah took centre stage at the weekend's permaculture day celebrations at the community Garden. Both seemed yielded their creamy sweet nutty centres easily, sliding from the shells when expertly cooked in this traditional chestnut roasting pan. You can always roast chestnuts in the oven too, and that's a great way to heat the kitchen as the temperature drops.  I noted chestnuts from Bathurst at the co-op last Friday but I suspect we won't see too many more of these from local sources now. Remember fresh chestnuts don't keep for long even in the fridge.
chestnuts cooked in a fancy pan
A this time of year, the risk of frosty nights and cold winds increase, remember to protect any young citrus trees with a hessian or shade cloth wrapped securly around garden stakes as a tent (those under 3 years).

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We can harvest a wide range of fruits and nuts locally each season.

Local fruit and/or nut gardeners are invited to make additions or suggest modifications to the following work-in-progress compiled by Lizzie Connor.


Across the mountains: loquat, mulberry, rhubarb, strawberry and (in late spring) raspberry

Best in the lower mountains: avocado, jaboticaba, lemonade


Across the mountains: apricot, blueberry, boysenberry, cherry, currant (red, black, white), gooseberry, kumquat, loganberry, loquat, mulberry,nectarine, peach, plum, raspberry, rhubarb, strawberry and (in late summer) almond, apple, fig, hazelnut, passionfruit, pear (incl. nashi), pomegranate, youngberry

Best in lower mountains:lemon (Eureka), lemonade, lime, mandarin, orange, persimmon (non-astringent) and (in late summer) avocado, babaco, macadamia, rockmelon, wampee, watermelon

Best in upper mountains: jostaberry, lemon (Meyer), persimmon (astringent)


Across the mountains: almond, apple, chestnut, feijoa, fig, grape, hazel, kiwi fruit, kumquat, medlar, olive, passionfruit, pear (incl. nashi), plum, quince, raspberry (some), rhubarb, strawberry, strawberry guava, walnut

Best in lower mountains: avocado, babaco, cherimoya, grapefruit, lemon (Eureka), macademia, monstera deliciosa, orange, pine nut, pistachio, rockmelon, tamarillo, walnut, watermelon, white sapote

Best in upper mountains: lemon (Meyer), mandarin (Satsuma)


Across the mountains: apple, hazelnut, kiwi fruit, kumquat, pear (incl. nashi)

Best in lower mountains: grapefruit, lemon (Eureka), orange, tangelo

Best in upper mountains: avocado (Bacon), lemon (Meyer)