Jams and jellies are a delightful and delicious way to preserve many different fruits. This can be especially helpful if you are growing uncommon fruits. You can read all about some other fruit trees to grow on your property from mayhaw to loquat. I’ve collected a variety of recipes of the different fruits I grow or hope to grow on our homestead.
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This is a fun recipe that uses the hardy kiwi, a small berry sized kiwi tasting fruit that has none of the fuzziness of your standard kiwi. Be sure to always adjust your processing times based on elevation.
The other name for Pindo Palms is Jelly Palm because they are often made into jellies. They are also high in pectin, making them ideal for canning. This sweet fruit can be eaten right off the tree, avoiding the seed inside and the skin. However, they can be even better in jelly form. Give it shot!
Most people are familiar with persimmons, but it is still a premium fruit that is not often found in every household like apples, oranges and bananas. This is an especially fun fruit because it ripens at the end of fall, often after the leaves of the tree it occupies have fallen off. The bright orange orbs stand out to the early winter gray.
Most people are familiar with figs in their dried form as you get them throughout the year this way. However, the fresh sweetness of a ripe, right off the tree fig is something completely different. You can grow your own fig trees pretty easily. It tastes kind of like vanilla. Another option, for those of you, like me, who come into fig season with many, many, many figs in one go…make jam. Its pretty sweet and is just wonderful on toast.
The National Center for Home Food Preservation has a great fig jam recipe as well. Was simple to make. You can see my jam below.
The loquat, also known as the Asian plum, is an interesting fruit that grows on a picky evergreen. The tree is a great addition to any landscape and most people do not know they make a yummy fruit. When they do come into season, it is all at once. But many year, I simply do not know if they will even make it. Try this marmalade if you are lucky enough to have a good crop.
Similar to the other citrus fruits, the kumquat makes an excellent marmalade with bits of the peel floating like small gems in this yummy spread. Marmalades are some of my favorite ways to eat citrus because of the tart and tanginess of the fruit and the sugary goodness of the marmalade.
Paw Paw is America’s own banana. Thus, it is a little complicated to can. Many people make all sorts of baked goods rather than canned recipes. However, you can turn it into a pretty decent fruit butter, like with apple butter and pear butter, and can it that way.
Some fruits can be made into jams. Which means you can leave parts of the fruit in the mascerated mix, while others, require you make a liquid juice first before adding pectin and canning. Pineapple guava is one of these recipes. Its a fun fruit, definitely give it shot.
Pomegranates are not as adventurous to try and find. Many people see them in all sorts of drinks from teas to cocktails. However, they can be even more delicious in a jelly. Sweetened by sugar and naturally tart, pomegranate jelly is a must try!
Mayhaws, like crabapples, are not good to just eat. They need to be processed in some way. The most common way is through making jelly. A popular homemade delight in the south, this is a yummy jelly for any toast.
There are so many fun recipes to try, don’t limit yourself! Definitely check out how to grow and care for all of these exotic and unusual trees. You may not find these fruits in the grocery store all the time but you can definitely grow them in your own backyard.
What jam and jelly recipes do you enjoy? Leave a comment and let me know!
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