Grow an Old-Fashioned Fruit Garden

By Susan Littlefield

What's the best way to use your delicious, home-grown small fruits? If you're looking for ideas beyond just popping them fresh into your mouth, as well as advice on growing and harvesting, check out The Old-Fashioned Fruit Garden: The Best Way to Grow, Preserve, and Bake with Small Fruit by Jo Ann Gardner (Skyhorse Publishing, 2012, $14.95). Gardner is a long-time garden writer with years of experience growing, preserving, and cooking with fruits. She gardened for years on Cape Breton Island in Canada and now maintains extensive gardens in northern New York State.

In The Old-Fashioned Fruit Garden, she shares her knowledge of strawberries, raspberries, and rhubarb, as well as less familiar fruits such as red and black currants, gooseberries, elderberries -- even citron melon. She includes information on planting, cultivating, harvesting, and preserving these crops, then entices with delectable recipes such as Black Currant Sticky Buns, Gooseberry-Rhubarb Jam, and Raspberry Slump. A section on tree fruits and wild fruits provides more mouth-watering recipes like Ginger-Peach Jam. A chapter on fruit preserving methods covers the basics with information on making not only jam and jelly, but juice, dried berries, and fruit leather. Beautiful color photos enhance the text.

To find about more about The Old Fashioned Fruit Garden or to purchase a copy, go to: Skyhorse Publishing.

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