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Belle is a mother of 2 beautiful teenagers aged 19 and 18 years old. She is originally from Bato, Catanduanes. She loves fiddling around with computer on her free time.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

My Orchard


Just to show my friend, Dine, how fig trees look like. I haven't had a chance to take pictures of our fig trees when they were loaded with fruits. The above picture (that I lifted from a site somewhere (http://www.fotosearch.com/photos-images/fig-tree.html)resembles my figs during summer. By the way, the fig leaf is mentioned in the Bible (Genesis 3:7) when Adam and Eve covered their private parts with fig leaves.

Persimmon tree, one of my favorite fruits.

We had a summer supply of fruits last year and it lasted through the fall. A lot of the fruits were wasted on the ground for the javelinas to feast on. I was able to bake a couple of apple pies and hmmm, nothing could beat fresh picked apples. They were full of juices and just scrumptious. Thanks to my dear husband for planting the trees. We have also several fig trees, plums, and another variety of pear that are not included in the pictures I posted.

These apples make good pies. I just forgot the name.

Granny Smith apples, great for apple pies

Bartlett pears, sweet and juicy.

Fuji apples, my favorite apples.

Asian pears, huge, delicious, and juicy. One pear fills me up. Notice there are bruises on the fruits? It got hit with hailstorm in late spring.

22 comments:

Wil said...

Nice! I had a fuji apple tree in my backyard once, but then I moved. They fruit around August and they were delicious. Beats store-bought apples any day. :D

Speaking of apples, my latest post is about apples. hehe

Cai said...

Must be great to have an Asian pear tree. Each Asian pear costs around $2.50 at the grocery here.

Anonymous said...

did you take these pictures at night? -tepsiepsi

vernaloo said...

jeez...and what we have here are just Santol and Bayabas trees lolz :)

they are so great to look at Belle :) I wish we can grow those fruits here in the Philippines but of course that's impossible considering the weather :)

Elyani-Jakarta said...

Hello Belle,

Love your blog! Am not a big fan of apples but I won't say no if you offer me those fresh picked from the trees :)

Belle TH said...

@Wil, totoo, fresh picked apples are delicious. hehehe, your latest post in indeed about apples. my daughter has one and she loves it.

@cai, everytime i go out in the yard, i always eat a fruit or two. really, Asian pear costs that much?

@tepsiepsie, my sweetie popsie, i think i took these pictures at twilight. que tal mihijita?

@verns, unfortunately, growing pears and apples need some chilling time for it to bear fruits, same with grapes. but you should be able to grow persimmons in the Philippines.

@elyani, well, well, what a surprise! nice to see you hear amiga. how is everything in jakarta? hope all is well. thanks for visiting my blog. you are welcome to visit my place when you get here.

niceheart said...

Wow! You've got an orchard? Lucky you. What lovely fruits, Belle. Asian pears are also expensive here. I do buy them once in a while because the kids love them.

Belle TH said...

@elyanie, nice to see you here, rather.

@niceheart, my husband loves to plant fruit trees. our house is surrounded with lots of it. if only you are near, you can help yourself anytime. those Asian pears are bigger than the ones available in the market and delicious. i must say. It is prolific tree.

mousey said...

i thought there are guavas! hmmm...
anyway i just missing them. :)

sexy mom said...

oh, Belle! indeed you are blessed. unless we live in the countryside, it would be next to impossible to tend for trees, let alone orchards, here in manila.

Elyani - Jakarta said...

Thanks, yummy Mummy! I still owed you a recipe but at this moment am so lazy to write it down. Anyway, I haven't seen you at the board lately. Will you please drop by and reply some threads there? ;)

annamanila said...

Oh, wow, an honest-to-goodness orchard! You must have a big place. You're in Arizona ha. Do you sell the fruits?

Well, here I have langka, atis, guava and aratilis trees. :) Puede nang pagtiyagaan. hahaha. Seriously, I and my children are happy na with them. Well, in future, if a small farm comes .. why not ha.

Belle TH said...

@mousey, guava trees don't grow in ariz. on our trip to kona, hawaii, we saw plenty of guavas along the side of the road.

@sexy mom, thanks! hubby likes to plant fruit trees. you should see my yard and some of our fig trees are on the pots and stay indoor during winter. have u tried figs before? sarap!

@elyani, that is okay, i can wait.. i was just there yesterday and read all the new posting but didn't leave comments. i will go back again today as i have time to spend a little longer.

@annamanila, i love tropical fruits, too. i wish i could grow it here. nope, i don't sell the fruits, i just give them away to friends. half of the fruits dropped on the ground and i never bothered to pick them up. i am too busy to can or preserve them. apple pies are good though topped with french vanilla ice cream.

sexy mom said...

figs, belle? only newton figs, i guess. none here in manila that i know of.

Belle TH said...

dine, i posted a picture of fig trees. fig newtons are cookies with fig filling but i don't particularly like it. fruits taste so much better but it has short shelf life that is why you seldom see them on the store shelves. usually they are dried or preserved in some ways but not near as good as fresh figs! my husband checks them in the morning for ripeness and decides to wait later in the afternoon before he picks it...the wait is well worth it...juicy, and sweet, it just melts in your mouth.

dangkin said...

i haven't tasted any fig fruits or persimmon yet.. wonder how it tastes? sweet? bitter? salty? chocolatey? might have to find those at the grocery store to find out.. ;)

Belle TH said...

fig fruits resemble that of guavas only the seeds are smaller (like the sesame seeds) and are softer even when ripe. it tastes better than guava. unlike persimmons, fig will not ripen on the counter so it needs to be picked when it is fully ripe. persimmons, however, resemble that of orange tomatoes, and when ripe, it tastes sweet and a little mushy. no sour taste to it.

sexy mom said...

how sweet of you belle...taking time out to please. you know how it feels? perhaps the same way as that lady in the post office to whom you intended to give rose (when she was expecting her mails). thanks, dear!

Eden said...

Hola, mi amiga. I have been a silent visitor of your site and have been enjoying the entries. As a gardener, I appreciate all these fruit trees. I do plant them in each house I have lived in. I like to plant the dwarf or semi-dwarf trees and with multiple varieties.Your hubby must have the greenest thumb there is. Last year I found a dwarf avocado tree and Fuji Persimmons so I am excited to see them bear fruits. Wonderful place you got here!!!

Belle TH said...

oh my, i been blessed with a visit from two of my good amigas. thanks! come again or better yet start your own blog. i know E, you have plenty of interesting topics to blog about. come on, join in the fun (you and elyani).

you and my husband have green thumbs. every tree or veggie he plants prosper. just like you, he also surrounds each house we have moved in with fruit trees. ours are semi dwarf, too. get started on blogging and show it off in the blogosphere.

KK said...

I could have sworn I already made a comment...

I love fruit trees! You have a paradise in your backyard Ate Belle. We have to go to a nearby orchards to pick apples, peaches and strawberries(it's very affordable but it's different when get them from your own trees), I'll have to dig up the pictures I took of the fruits. I thought Arizona was a desert.

Belle TH said...

@dine, you are very welcome. i will do it for you in a heartbeat.

kk, yes, it is a good feeling eating fruits off your trees. lots of fruits that are on sale in the market are picked a little bit on the unripe side so they can store in the warehouse. Arizona is not all desert. i live in where the desert meets the mountains.