For a long time now, people I know in the area allow me to come pick fruit from their gardens in return for some of my produce or for cash. I love the idea of urban foraging. By no means a new concept. Its a tradition that has mostly been lost. Neighbours used to trade homegrown produce with each other a lot in days gone by, but we have grown so disconnected from each other these days. I have no complaints about this arrangement as the fruit is well cared for, ripe, and best of all local, thus reducing the carbon footprint of my produce. People also bring me their recycled bottles for bottling. This is really great as glass is easy to recycle by just simply sterilising the bottles well.
Today, was a beautiful day, almost like a summer day. It was so welcome, the weather has not been kind this winter. With the sun shining down on us, the aroma of lemons in the air and the sound of the ocean in the distance we started to pick our lemons. Shortly we had four large orange pockets full, ready to set off for home with our prize.
So here my work really begins, homemade lemonade concentrate, lemon curd and Morroccan preserved lemons to name a few products….But watch this space, a few recipes may well be coming soon. As well as an some excellent suggestions of what to do with lemon curd.