Monthly Archives: July 2011

Elderberry Jelly

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Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis, American Elder) makes a beautiful dark purple jelly. The plant is a tall shrub (up to 20 feet tall) that can be found in much of the eastern half of Texas. It grows along permanent rivers and … Continue reading

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What-a-Plum Jelly and Jam (Mexican Plum)

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Many people ask me where in the world do I find the fruit for making jelly. Finding these plums is a good example of how I find fruit. Today I was sitting at my local gourmet restaurant , Whataburger, when … Continue reading

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Jujube Butter or Jujube Sauce

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Jujube (Zizphus zizyphus) or Chinese Date is a tree from Persia or China dating  thousands of years of cultivation. In Texas we have  Jujubes that were brought over from Europe in 1875. Jujubes are a 30 foot tall tree that … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Apple Jelly and Applesauce

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I grew up in the town where Johnny Appleseed is buried. Everywhere around the outskirts of town there were small homesteads with small apple orchards. Apples of every color and who knows what type of apple. Some were sweet but … Continue reading

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Texas Persimmon

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Texas Persimmon (Diospyros texana, Mexican Persimmon, Chapote ) is a very common shrub or tree here in Central, West, and South Texas. It can be found growing in thickets or mixed in with other trees in woodlands. It is very … Continue reading

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Pomegranate Jelly

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Pomegranates (granadas) in Texas can be traced to the early Spanish Missions. They do well in our hot dry climate and tolerate the alkaline soil.  I find that my pomegranate bushes do well without much additional water, even in a … Continue reading

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Prickly Pear Cactus Jelly or Tuna Jelly

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The first time I ever saw a cactus fruit was along the highway near South Padre Island. I didn’t know much about cactus but it seemed to me that it just had to be good jelly material. I picked several … Continue reading

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Watermelon Jelly and Jam

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Does eating a watermelon bring back memories of hot summers to mind? I remember sticky hands, and watermelon juice all down my white t-shirt while eating this delicious fruit in my backyard. We ate the watermelon with our fingers while … Continue reading

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