Harvest Llantwit Update

Transition Llantwit has had a good response to “Harvest Llantwit”, a project to link up people who have a surplus of fruit with others who are able to make good use of it.
We are grateful to all those who are generously sharing fruit with strangers all over the town!
It’s been an amazingly abundant year. One gentleman has a Victoria plum tree which yielded about 24 carrier-bags-full of delicious fruit, to several lucky recipients. Plums have sadly come to an end, but hopefully there are plenty stashed away as delicious jam, and in freezers, so that we can carry on enjoying plum crumbles in the winter months.
Apples are continuing to yield fantastic crops – the wind is bringing many down early, so there are lots of windfalls (especially cookers) which need using immediately. If you are able to invest a bit of time now, to deal with this glut, you could make preserves or just cut up the fruit for freezing.
One lady has been using Llantwit’s surplus fruit to make jams and chutneys to fund-raise for Llantwit Major Friends of Bridgend Samaritans – well done! Another gentleman has been regularly collecting windfall Bramleys to make apple pies for the freezer.
One way of using apples (cookers or eaters) is to make Bircher Muesli, invented by Dr Bircher-Benner in Zurich for his patients in the 1890s. This is a simple version, which you can vary to suit your taste, and what you have available:
Put a handful of raw porridge oats or oatmeal in a bowl with enough milk to cover (you can use rice milk, soya milk, or fruit juice). Add a few seeds, such as sunflower, millet, sesame, or linseed. Leave 10 minutes to soften (or overnight, to save time in the morning). Just before serving, add a large apple, grated (including the skin and core).
You can throw in whatever you fancy, such as fresh berries in season ( blackberries are perfect!), lemon or orange juice, chopped or ground hazelnuts or almonds, dried fruits (raisins, apricots, dates) and even nutmeg , cinnamon or vanilla. Some people add yogurt, or even cream. This is just so different from the dried- up stuff in packets…!
If you have spare fruit that you would be happy to share, or you would like to collect and use some
of the surplus, please email anniepaine@hotmail.co.uk or ring 796849 / 07804 624795.

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