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Apricots and Cucamelons

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Going to start out with what's for dinner with to like really wacky things I write these are wacky. What's for dinner items? And the first one is unripe apricots. Yes I wish everybody could see the face that C. L. is making right now unripe. Apricots are almost as interesting as ripe apricot. I would say I look forward to them even more. You can do things with them. That are unexpected and unexpectedly delicious. Anybody who has an apricot tree knows that when that green fruit forms if forms in great abundance I mean the branches get so heavy they practically pull down to the ground so you have to get in there and prune out some of that fruit remove some of that fruit in order for the tree to be able to ripen. What's left and then you've got all these green apricots and you're thinking. Well what do I do? It seems like such a horrible waste and there are two things that you can do with them. That are very tasty. The first is that you can make a really good pickle out of a green apricot. I advise you to cut the apricot and half I dig out that seed and then do the pickle. You don't have to but it makes it easier to eat. Once you've finished pickling but the real reason I love unripe. Apricots is because you can make the most delicious. Looker out of them. I can't even. It tastes vaguely like apricots. But it's not fully developed with the sweetness if you've ever had you may shoe. Which is the Japanese liqueur. Made from unripe plums that particular plum is very closely related to the Apricot? And that's the best description of this flavor that I can give you. I look forward to making it every year and I tell you it's just it. I'm speechless that good. Well well regain your voice for a minute because I have a question and that is how big are these apricots when you take them off the tree house. Big AN UNRIPE APRICOT. Are we talking about? We are talking about between an inch an inch and a half and what you do. Is You take a needle and you poke holes in each apricot and I know that sounds like a lot of work but it is absolutely worth it and then you stick it in a jar with vodka and you let it sit there for you know I forget six weeks or something and then you it off and you combine it with a just a very little bit of simple Syrup and it is refreshing alcoholic sweet tart delicious on its own used as a cocktail mixer. I will bring you some the next time I see you. And it's a precious liquid. So that tells you how much I love. You absolutely can hardly wait. Now Tell me could you do the same with unripe peaches because I know a lot of people who have peach trees that need their fruit thinned for the same reason you probably could? I'm sure the flavor would be a little bit different and I don't know I've never done it with peaches. I don't have access to unripe peaches but I do know that peach leaves. I've made peach leaf wine and liquor before they give you a nice almond flavor. So I think it's worth trying now. I have to find somebody with a peach tree and recommend that their fruit needs thinning. Oh and by the way. I'll take the fruit. I'll dispose of that for you. No EXTRA CHARGE. Well in terms of Wacky. Let's talk about the Cuba Mellon because this is an heirloom vegetable. I guess you'd call it. Yeah that is so cute and it is so sweet as well. I am by sweet. I mean charming in the way that it grows not Sweden flavor the Q. It's also called Mexican. Sour Gherkins or mouse melons or miniature watermelons Mexican sour cucumber. There's a million names but basically they look like teeny tiny watermelons. And if you've got kids you've got to grow this. Vine because kids are charmed by these little cooper melons and they taste like cucumbers. They're a wonderful cocktail garnish. They are cute in a salad. You can pickle them any number of ways that you can use coupon Mellon. I Love Cuba melons and the first time I had them. I did not realize that they were related to a wild edible so tell me the genus and species of the Mellon Molo three escape okay. So mellow three is the genus and MOLO THREE OF PENDULUM. A slightly different species is the creeping cucumber that you can forage for and very restricted parts of this country. You find it mostly in Florida a little bit. Maybe in Texas Louisiana Alabama and it looks almost exactly like the Kuka melon. It doesn't have the quite the pretty variegation on it. But it's very similar in flavor and in growth habit and I didn't realize until just now when you said mouse melon that it was a close relative of this forage -able plant so I love that. I learned something excellent excellent. Well I I WANNA give people a little clue about planting this because this in many parts of the country you see. You are planting this now but if you haven't planted yet and you think oh. I'm going to have to wait till next year. No you aren't. You can go ahead and plant this. In fact being a heat loving plant it's could not to put seeds in the ground too early so you can still have time to grow this plant the vines get to be about five or six feet tall so very good in a small for a small trellis or how where we grow them. Is We have a fence to keep the Bundy's out of a certain section of our vegetable garden we call it the bunny been and we grow Q. Milnes on the outside of the bunny been and as I say. The little tiny yellow flowers are just adorable and the vines are at the right height so that children can pick those little cucumber like fruits and they look like miniature watermelons and you'll just have so much fun with this plant

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