I used to hate when the summer comes to an end and the autumn slowly arrives. But I don’t any more. Don’t’ get me wrong – I love summer, I really do. But then again – there’s something special about autumn.
I love the fresh air, the cold rain, the temperature (not too cold, not too warm), the pretty grey sky, the fresh smell of fall unlike any other smell in the world, warmth from the fire place, cozy socks, sweaters, pretty colors in the nature and all of the new fresh fruit and berries.
What a lot of people forget when summer goes away is, that not only summer brings fresh fruit and vegetables. Our garden is exploding with berries and fruit at the moment. And we don’t even have a lot of plants which we have to take care of. The plum tree is almost toppling from the weight of the plums, the grapes are sweeter than ever, your raspberry bushes are dotted with light red berries and the small white balls on the blueberry bushes tell me that soon I can pick my own blue berries.
Oh, and the apple tree has already thrown a ton of apples to the ground.
I always think it is a shame when the apples are just laying there on the ground. Those tasty sweet and tangy apples shouldn’t go to waste. Especially considering that there’s nothing wrong with them.
Still nobody wants to eat them. Not raw at least.
This is why my mother and I ever since I was little picked them up from the ground, peeled them and then cooked them. The result is a perfect apple compote made with 100% organic apples which would have been wasted if we hadn’t picked them up.
So yesterday I went out into the garden with a basket in my hand and picked up every little light red apple that wasn’t rotten and didn’t have holes in it (aka. no worms). Less than an hour later I had a perfect apple compote for snack, breakfast or dessert.